It may have been a day late, but there was nothing short about Gary Bettenhausen's qualification effort Sunday for the Indianapolis 500.
The veteran of 18 Indy races put up a speed faster than pole-winner Rick Mears. He did a four-lap, 10-mile qualifying run at 224.468 mph in a Buick V6-powered Lola to pace 10 qualifiers on the second of four days of time trials for the May 26 race. Bettenhausen easily eclipsed Saturday's front row performances by Mears (224.113), and the duo of A.J. Foyt (222.443) and Mario Andretti (221.818). It marks the 17th time overall and the first time since 1981 that the fastest qualifier has failed to win the pole.