I sure didn’t see this pole coming. Power’s season has been difficult, and he has been out of the conversation for most of the year. He seemed almost as relieved after qualifying as he was after winning the 500 last year.
Rossi can take consolation that he is starting ahead of Newgarden this race. The first turn after the green will be interesting.
Power’s pole takes a point away from all the championship contenders.
Disappointing qualifying for Colton Herta and Spencer Pigot. Neither made the Fast Six. Herta led the last two practice sessions. Pigot was second quickest this morning.
A Ganassi car made the Fast Six, but not the one I expected. Felix Rosenqvist had decent times in practice, but was 11th overall. He had also had a couple off track excursions. Scott Dixon looked as if he had recovered from his early weekend struggles.
Rossi said he hasn’t had time to think about his renewal with Andretti yet. I still think he will win the race tomorrow.
Bourdais has been a regular in the Second Round of late. It would be great to see him get a pole this year.
All three Arrow Schmidt Peterson cars got to Round Two. James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson, and Jack Harvey all advanced. This is Harvey’s first race since Road America, which makes his advancement more impressive. I would love to see what that team can do full time. Harvey made the Fast Six at the Indycar Grand Prix and finished third.
Tomorrow looks to be the hottest day of the weekend with temperatures around 90 degrees at race time. It should make for an interesting race.
Power said his team is planning on three stops in the race.
Power felt that he would eventually get another pole. “It just got the point where God said, ‘Let him have it.’ ”
Back later with a full qualification report. Thanks for following along today.