The Spanish driver returned less than 24 hours after crashing on a warm-up lap and went 223.752 mph. His one-lap speed was better than the four-lap qualifying averages of 10 cars that qualified Saturday.
The final nine spots in the 33-car field are expected to be filled later Sunday.
Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais was the second-fastest at 223.479. Rookie Wade Cunningham was third at 222.794.
The only non-qualified driver not on Indy’s 2.5-mile oval Sunday morning was Ed Carpenter, whose car was rebuilt after a hard crash Saturday.
Lotus’ two drivers _ Simona de Silvestro and rookie Jean Alesi _ are still lagging behind the leaders.
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