In what was one of the most unpredictable qualifying sessions of the season, Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi secured his first career pole, ahead of today’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen.
Rossi, who recently announced he will be returning to Andretti as part of a multi-year deal, was the last one to cross the timing line in yesterday’s Firestone Fast Six. His fast lap of 1:22.464 catapulted him to the top of the timing charts.
“It was a big lap we needed,” said the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion. “The lap before was pretty good, but they came on the radio and said, ‘You need at least a tenth (of a second quicker),’ so we went for it.”
Starting alongside Rossi on the front row will be Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon. Dixon set a fast lap of 1:22.517, giving the Kiwi his fifth front row start of the season. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion is actually the winningest IndyCar driver at The Glen, having won the race a total of four times.
Josef Newgarden, who currently leads the Verizon IndyCar Series Standings, will start today’s race from third, after setting a lap time almost identical to Dixon’s. Newgarden will be looking for his fifth win of the season today.
“I just deuced it, totally messed it up, lost a couple tenths (in Turn 9). Great lap time, good starting position for us. I feel so silly for messing up what could have been a pole position.” Newgarden said, following the conclusion of Saturday qualifying.
Rain is in the forecast at the New York state track, which could lead to teams throwing caution to the wind as rain always acts as a performance leveler.
Click on the following link to see the full qualifying results courtesy of indycar.com.