Saturday morning at Belle Isle - The IndyCars are qualified for Race 1…
…to be run later today. The qualifying format was shortened a bit, due to the compressed schedule of the double header weekend. Instead of three sessions that whittle down to the Firestone Fast Six, there were just two sessions and the Firestone Fast Twelve competed for pole.
Here is the way the IndyCars will grid for season Round 7, with times for the TOP SIX: [R] denotes rookie
Pole - Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP - time of 01:15.5776s for a speed of 111.938mph
P2 - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport - time of 01:15.6584s for a speed of 111.818mph
P3 - Romain Grosjean [R], Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing - time of 01:15.7433s for a speed of 111.693mph
P4 - Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser Sullivan - time of 01:15.8119s for a speed of 111.592mph
P5 - Josef Newgarden, Team Penske - time of 01:15.8697s for a speed of 111.507mph
P6 - Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport - time of 01:16.0832s for a speed of 111.194mph
P7 - Will Power, Team Penske
P8 - Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport
P9 - Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
P10 - Sebastien Bourdais, AJ Foyt Enterprises
P11 - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
P12 - Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing
P13 - James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport
P14 - Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP
P15 - Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing
P16 - Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
P17 - Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing
P18 - Max Chilton, Carlin
P19 - Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing
P20 - Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
P21 - Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing
P22 - Santino Ferrucci, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
P23 - Jimmie Johnson [R], Chip Ganassi Racing
P24 - Scott McLaughlin [R], Team Penske
P25 - Dalton Kellett, AJ Foyt Enterprises
This is Pato’s 3rd pole of the season and gives him 1 valuable point to catch and match Scott Dixon for 2nd in the current points. He set the fastest lap with about a minute to go, and despite attempts to dethrone him, he held on to it.
What a great session for Dale Coyne Racing, to have the 2nd row sewn up. Ed Jones was quick all during the sessions but Romain Grosjean just has no business being this quick on a totally new and extremely difficult track. He led the session until O’Ward stole it at the end, with Rossi following him through.
Conversely, Rahal Letterman Lanigan is struggling and has all three cars mired in the back end, with Takuma Sato best at a P16 start.
Points leader Alex Palou also struggled, and to make matters worse, he will incur a 6-spot penalty for a late engine change at the Indy 500 that will put him last on the grid for the start of the race.
The race is scheduled for broadcast on NBC starting at 2:00PM eastern TIME. Next up, the Indy Lights hold Race 1 of the weekend. The grid for this is in post # 5…