Newgarden wins pole for IndyCar Detroit GP Race 2

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden

Race 1 winner Josef Newgarden, with the benefit of a faster rubbered in track, has won the pole for race 2 of the IndyCar Detroit GP with Andretti Honda driver Alexander Rossi lined up on the outside after turning the fastest lap in the first session (Group 2).

Newgarden and the rest of Group 1 will lineup in the odd numbered starting positions and Rossi and the rest of his Group 2 drivers will lineup in the even number starting positions.


Not only did Noogie win the pole, but he did so with a monster 3/10 of a second gap over second-fastest Alexander Rossi. Rossi dominated the practice speed charts, but Newgarden pulled out a win yesterday.

The second session was stopped after a few seconds when water started leaking out of the tire barriers. The rain yesterday was of nearly Biblical proportions, and gallons were trapped in the tire barriers. One dumped a large amount on the track during qualification, and it took some time to vacuum it all up. The TransAm race that followed also discovered some water in the tires when Ex-IndyCar driver Rafa Matos went into the wall on lap 12.

Also having great runs are Zach Veach (starting third) and Colton Herta (4th) Veach is still limping from last week's accident at Indy — including some hairline bone fractures. Herta had a fuel leak at Indy, which caused the small fire once the race started, putting him out of the race.

Having a horrible round was Graham Rahal. Graham stunk up both races 2 years ago, under the old massive-downforce rules. Still, he expected to qualify in the top half of the field, but gearbox problems put him out after a couple of "Bankers laps" on the black tires.

Also disappointed was Ryan Hunter-Reay, who engaged in a legendary battle with Alexander Rossi to win the second race in law year's Grand Prix. RHR will start 15th.


[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, NTT P1 Award winner): "It was a good lap. I got (the pole) on the first (lap). I could tell the temperatures were coming up quicker than yesterday. Normally, second lap (is quicker). I could see the grip was already there, so I had to go. The second lap was done; the tires were already burned off. I tried to maximize that first one. Pretty good lap. Must have gotten lucky. I guess it worked out." … "Team Chevy has done a great job, like I've said all weekend. Great to have Hitachi here this weekend. Team Penske overall, putting on this event and having all the people out, it's good to have a solid weekend here." … "I guess it's good to be lucky; better to be lucky than good. These guys have done a great job. Team Chevy has really brought it this weekend. They've worked really hard and circled this place on the calendar. We had a good car here. All our boys, they've worked extremely hard at the shop. We knew we needed to be better on street courses and you can see (the improvement). It's fast, really fast, and we've executed well. We got the tires (up to temperature) when we need them to. I'm pleased as punch at the moment. We've just got to try to finish off the second race. I think it's going to be physical today, really hard to get through it, so we've got to focus on (finishing) off the weekend." … "The (Firestone alternate) reds are fast but they tend to go off. That's always the case with them but it seems to be more extreme this weekend. But Firestone does that for a reason. They want us to have a strong performance tire that doesn't last very long to give you that contrast with the primary tire, so you can try to make the most of it. It also mixes up the strategy. I think you're going to see a lot (of mixed strategies) today. People are going to struggle with long distances on the reds and that's going to make things dicey for a little bit of the race."

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA, qualified second): "It was out of our control with us being in Group 1 going for pole. I wasn't expecting it to hold up, but we did the best run that we could. Group 2 is always quicker here. We'll take that championship point, move on and try to do one better in the race today." … "Pole here is in Group 2, so we knew it was going to happen, but we're on the front row so that's a positive." … "I think the black (Firestone primary tires) did a very good job in the race. I think the red (alternate tires) are still a mystery for us at this point. Everyone is going to learn and experiment in the race." … "I think we had the advantage yesterday in the wet, just got unlucky with the yellows that fell. I think we have the car to beat again and we'll try to get to the point early on and then bring it home from there." … "The strategy will be very different, obviously, today. You weren't worried with tire life in the rain, just fuel. Today, we have to see how the red (alternate tires) and the black (primary tires) fare. There will be a huge tire wear factor today and we won't really know until we get out there this afternoon and race."

Group 2 Times

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Speed Engine Team
1 27 Alexander Rossi 1:15.183 –.—- –.—- 112.526 Honda Andretti Autosport
2 88 Colton Herta 1:15.648 0.4653 0.4653 111.834 Honda Harding Steinbrenner Racing
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:15.800 0.6177 0.1524 111.609 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
4 31 Patricio O'Ward 1:15.926 0.7438 0.1261 111.424 Chevy Carlin
5 21 Spencer Pigot 1:15.974 0.7913 0.0475 111.354 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
6 7 Marcus Ericsson 1:16.128 0.9454 0.1541 111.129 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
7 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:16.219 1.0365 0.0911 110.996 Chevy Team Penske
8 30 Takuma Sato 1:16.231 1.0488 0.0123 110.978 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
9 14 Tony Kanaan 1:16.585 1.4023 0.3535 110.466 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
10 59 Max Chilton 1:17.261 2.0786 0.6763 109.499 Chevy Carlin
11 15 Graham Rahal 1:17.370 2.1873 0.1087 109.345 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Group 1 Times

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Speed Engine Team
1 2 Josef Newgarden 1:14.861 –.—- –.—- 113.010 Chevy Team Penske
2 26 Zach Veach 1:15.263 0.4018 0.4018 112.407 Honda Andretti Autosport
3 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:15.439 0.5786 0.1768 112.143 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
4 10 Felix Rosenqvist 1:15.496 0.6351 0.0565 112.059 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
5 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:15.591 0.7302 0.0951 111.918 Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser-Sullivan
6 12 Will Power 1:15.695 0.8338 0.1036 111.765 Chevy Team Penske
7 20 Ed Jones 1:15.712 0.8511 0.0173 111.740 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
8 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:15.721 0.8601 0.0090 111.726 Honda Andretti Autosport
9 19 Santino Ferrucci 1:16.085 1.2240 0.3639 111.192 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
10 98 Marco Andretti 1:16.110 1.2497 0.0257 111.154 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agaj
11 4 Matheus Leist 1:16.955 2.0945 0.8448 109.934 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises

Race 2 Lineup

Rank Car Driver Name Engine Time Speed Session
1 2 Newgarden, Josef CHEVY 01:14.8607 113.010 Qualifications / Group 1
2 27 Rossi, Alexander HONDA 01:15.1825 112.526 Qualifications / Group 2
3 26 Veach, Zach HONDA 01:15.2625 112.407 Qualifications / Group 1
4 88 Herta, Colton (R) HONDA 01:15.6478 111.834 Qualifications / Group 2
5 5 Hinchcliffe, James HONDA 01:15.4393 112.143 Qualifications / Group 1
6 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA 01:15.8002 111.609 Qualifications / Group 2
7 10 Rosenqvist, Felix (R) HONDA 01:15.4958 112.059 Qualifications / Group 1
8 31 O'Ward, Patricio (R) CHEVY 01:15.9263 111.424 Qualifications / Group 2
9 18 Bourdais, Sebastien HONDA 01:15.5909 111.918 Qualifications / Group 1
10 21 Pigot, Spencer CHEVY 01:15.9738 111.354 Qualifications / Group 2
11 12 Power, Will CHEVY 01:15.6945 111.765 Qualifications / Group 1
12 7 Ericsson, Marcus (R) HONDA 01:16.1279 111.129 Qualifications / Group 2
13 20 Jones, Ed CHEVY 01:15.7118 111.740 Qualifications / Group 1
14 22 Pagenaud, Simon CHEVY 01:16.2190 110.996 Qualifications / Group 2
15 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan HONDA 01:15.7208 111.726 Qualifications / Group 1
16 30 Sato, Takuma HONDA 01:16.2313 110.978 Qualifications / Group 2
17 19 Ferrucci, Santino (R) HONDA 01:16.0847 111.192 Qualifications / Group 1
18 14 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 01:16.5848 110.466 Qualifications / Group 2
19 98 Andretti, Marco HONDA 01:16.1104 111.154 Qualifications / Group 1
20 59 Chilton, Max CHEVY 01:17.2611 109.499 Qualifications / Group 2
21 4 Leist, Matheus CHEVY 01:16.9552 109.934 Qualifications / Group 1
22 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 01:17.3698 109.345 Qualifications / Group 2

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