Photo: Kyle McInnes
Alexander Rossi won the pole for Race 1 at the Detroit Grand Prix. His fastest lap, 1:14.1989, nipped Scott Dixon in the last minute of his qualifying group. Dixon had the second fastest time overall, 0.2 seconds behind Rossi, but will start third since he was in Rossi’s group. Josef Newgarden led Group 1 with 1:14.9272 and will start second.
The bonus point Newgarden earned puts him in a virtual tie with Simon Pagenaud for the series lead.
This is Rossi’s sixth career pole. He has won four times from the pile. It is his second consecutive pole at Belle Isle.
Rain may have an impact on the race. Rossi and Newgarden still don’t think the red tires will last very long, but Rossi added, “We’ve been surprised in this series before.”
Other notable performances include Colton Herta, fifth and Pato O’Ward seventh.