Back to Normal- Penske Front Row Sweep

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Order in Indycar returned Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park as Josef Newgarden edged Will Power by 0.01 seconds for the pole, giving Team Penske it’s first pole of the year. It is also the first team front row sweep of 2018. Four teams have won poles in the four races this season.

It was a day of disappointment and happiness. In other words, a typical qualifying session. Andretti Autosport had their best overall qualifying day even though points Lee Alexander Rossi d I dint make the Fast S He s t arts eighth next to teammate Marco Andretti. It’s Andretti’s best starting spot since 2015. Ryan Hunter-Reay starts fourth. .Rookie Zach Veach advanced to the second round for the first time. He moved up when group 2 was red flagged because of Tony Kanaan’s accident.

It was not a good day for AJ Foyt Racing. Kanaan will start last and Matheus Leist lines up in twenty first. Kanaan has had two consecutive top tens. That stream may be in jeopardy today.

Spencer Pigot was second quick Friday but starts seventeenth.The Rahal team also didn’t fare well Saturday. Graham Rahal begins the race in 15th and Takuma Sato starts 18th.

The latest weather looks like a very wet afternoon. It may start as a wet race and could end up as a timed event. If it is a rain affected race, Sebastien Bourdais would be my pick to win.

In a strange twist Indycar no longer has a morning warm up on permanent road courses. No one has driven this aero kit with rain tires. It could be a wild ride.

I will have some race thoughts this evening.

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