Quick Thoughts- Road America Qualifying

Above: Colton Herta (center) talks about his first pole.

Youngest race winner wasn’t enough for Colton Herta. He had to be the youngest pole winner as well.  Graham Rahal also held the youngest pole winner mark as he did the youngest race winner.

The front row of Herta and Alexander Rossi will make for an interesting start.

In effect the big three were in the Fast Six.

The red tires didn’t seem as effective here. They were good for maybe a lap, but that was it. Look for most drivers to mainly  use the black tires tomorrow.

How does Rossi get such good laps driving like that? He had wheels off track, his hands look really busy, yet he still nearly won the pole.

Herta was 16th in the first practice yesterday.  Great job by the team to get the car to the pole.

Rahal seems to finally be matching the performance of teammate Takuma Sato. I could see Rahal having a good last part of the season.

Scott Dixon will have a fresh engine tomorrow. Starting 12th will make advancing difficult.

Herta’s season- 1 win, 1 pole, 5 Fast Six appearances (including Detroit). One of the best rookie years in a long time. If he can finish races in the top ten, he has a chance to overtake Santino Ferrucci for Rookie of the Year.

This was one of the most intriguing qualifying sessions of the year. It was exciting to watch Rossi vs. Newgarden and then Rossi vs. Herta.