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Felix Rosenqvist Bests Team Penske, Andretti Global for Long Beach Pole

Felix Rosenqvist, in his second points-paying race for Meyer Shank Racing, upset the field by taking pole for the NTT IndyCar Series Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach during Saturday’s (April 20) qualifying session.

Rosenqvist’s best lap barely withstood a late challenge by Team Penske’s Will Power, who was looking for his first pole on a road or street course since 2022. Roseqnvist bea

“It was hard,” Rosenqvist said after the session. “Honestly, I didn’t think I had it because I had a big tank slapper out of [turn] 5 … this is our, I think, the team’s first pole, official pole at least, we had one at Thermal as well. But yeah, this is awesome. It’s a hard-fought one.”

When told that he had beat Power to the top spot by less only four one-thousandths of a second, Rosenqvist simply remarked: “That’s IndyCar for you.”

Firestone Fast Six

1.Felix Rosenqvist60Meyer Shank Racing1:06.0172
2.Will Power12Team Penske1:06.0211
3. Josef Newgarden2Team Penske1:06.1059
4Colton Herta26Andretti Global1:06.3784
5.Marcus Ericsson28Andretti Global1:06.4039
6.Alex Palou10Chip Ganassi Racing1:06.5444

Round 2

Round 2 passed without any on-track incidents. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, having struggled for form on street circuits in recent years, were looking to maximize the opportunity to advance to the Fast Six, but could not find the extra pace to move beyond seventh for Christian Lundgaard and 12th for Graham Rahal.

PositionDriverNumberTeamTime from Advancing
7Christian Lundgaard45Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+0.0193s
8Scott Dixon9Chip Ganassi Racing+0.0305s
9Marcus Armstrong11Chip Ganassi Racing+0.0490s
10Kyle Kirkwood27Andretti Global+0.0758s
11Scott McLaughlin3Team Penske+0.1590s
12Graham Rahal15Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+0.3843
See also
2024 IndyCar Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

Round 1 Group 1

Alexander Rossi was perhaps the most frustrated at the end of Group 1’s first session. The two-time Long Beach winner came within five-hundredths of a second from advancing to Round 2, but instead had to settle for a 13th-place grid spot for Sunday’s race.

Sting Ray Robb was handed a penalty for impeding Christian Rasmussen while the latter was on a flying lap, though the penalty was of little significance as Robb was already placed last in Group 1.

PositionDriverNumberTeamTime from Advancing
13Alexander Rossi7Arrow McLaren+0.0439s
15Tom Blomqvist66Meyer Shank Racing+0.2415s
17Linus Lundqvist8Chip Ganassi Racing+0.3112s
19Pietro Fittipaldi30Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+0.3374s
21Christian Rasmussen20Ed Carpenter Racing+0.5422s
23Jack Harvey18Dale Coyne Racing+0.8995s
25Sting Ray Robb41A. J. Foyt Enterprises+2.2445s

Round 1 Group 2

A late slide off the track by Agustin Canapino brought the session to an end, leaving drivers like Pato O’Ward unable to set another lap time in their efforts to get into Round 2. As such, none of the three Arrow McLaren cars advanced beyond the first round of qualifying.

PositionDriverNumberTeamTime from Advancing
14Pato O’Ward5Arrow McLaren+0.0449s
16Romain Grosjean77Juncos Hollinger Racing+0.0583s
18Rinus VeeKay 21Ed Carpenter Racing+0.0839s
20Agustin Canapino78Juncos Hollinger Racing+0.3909s
22Theo Pourchaire6Arrow McLaren+0.5150s
24Santino Ferrucci14A. J. Foyt Enterprises+0.7278s
26Kyffin Simpson4Chip Ganassi Racing+0.8553s
27Nolan Siegel51Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing+1.1276s

2024 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying Results

The 40th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will get underway on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. ET with coverage on USA.

About the author

Alex is the IndyCar Content Director at Frontstretch, having initially joined as an entry-level contributor in 2021. He also serves as Managing Director of The Asia Cable, a publication focused on the international affairs and politics of the Asia-Pacific region which he co-founded in 2023. With previous experience in China, Japan and Poland, Alex is particularly passionate about the international realm of motorsport and the politics that make the wheels turn - literally - behind the scenes.

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