With his IndyCar future uncertain, on Friday (July 29) Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist put in an incredible lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to score pole position for Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix. It is the second pole of the season for the Swedish driver, the third of his career, and his second at the IMS road course.
Rosenqvist’s time of 1:10.2265, set in the closing seconds of the Firestone Fast Six, put him nearly three-tenths ahead of second-place Alexander Rossi.
“I think it helps to do these kind of performances,” Rosenqvist told NBC. “The Arrow McLaren SP Chevy was unbelievable. Big thanks to Velo, Mission, Team Chevy. It was just unreal the whole day. I felt so calm in the car. I think I knew when I did that lap it was the one.”
Round One Group One
Round One Group Two
The red flag waved immediately for championship leader Marcus Ericsson, whose No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda coasted to a halt before any drivers had even completed a single flying lap. The Chip Ganassi Racing team shut off Ericsson’s engine remotely to avoid further damage after detecting a problem. Ericsson will face an uphill battle fighting back toward the front tomorrow, starting from dead last.
Eliminated in round one was Romain Grosjean, a two-time podium scorer on this layout.
“We can’t keep going like this,” Grosjean told his Andretti Autosport team over the radio, after qualifying in an eventual 22nd place.
Also out early was six-time champion Scott Dixon, who called his performance, “amateur hour” while speaking to NBC from pit lane.
There were fast laps late from just about everybody, but when the time ran out, it was Power, IndyCar’s best qualifier, on top. Joining him in the final round were Rosenqvist, Newgarden, Rossi, O’Ward and Lundgaard.
Palou, VeeKay and Herta were the big names eliminated, and will take the green flag sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
A clean and competitive session saw the six drivers split by just over half a second, with most of that gap between Rosenqvist and Rossi.
Gallagher Grand Prix Qualifying Results
- Felix Rosenqvist
- Alexander Rossi
- Pato O’Ward
- Will Power
- Josef Newgarden
- Christian Lundgaard
- Alex Palou
- Rinus VeeKay
- Colton Herta
- Conor Daly
- David Malukas
- Simon Pagenaud
- Jack Harvey
- Devlin DeFrancesco
- Scott McLaughlin
- Helio Castroneves
- Graham Rahal
- Takuma Sato
- Callum Illott
- Scott Dixon
- Kyle Kirkwood
- Romain Grosjean
- Jimmie Johnson
- Dalton Kellett
- Marcus Ericsson
The NTT IndyCar Series Gallagher Grand Prix from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course airs tomorrow, Saturday July 30, at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
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Jack Swansey primarily covers open-wheel racing for Frontstretch and co-hosts The Pit Straight Podcast, but you can also catch him writing about NASCAR, sports cars, and anything else with four wheels and a motor. Originally from North Carolina and now residing in Los Angeles, he joined the site as Sunday news writer midway through 2022 and is an avid collector (some would say hoarder) of die-cast cars.
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