Photo: Kyle McInnes
It was a strange grouping to have all the title contenders in Group 1. They all advanced.
Felix Rosenqvist may have thrown the pole away with his incident. He had the fastest lap but was not allowed to advance. We may have missed a great battle between two rookies for the pole.
Herta’s pole is to Newgarden’s advantage since none of the drivers chasing him earned the bonus point.
If Herta can win poles with his current team, imagine what he can do with the full force of Andretti behind him next year.
It was nice to see Max Chilton make the second round.
Newgarden just needs to hold his starting position tomorrow to win the championship.
Will Power missed the Fast Six by just 0.0055 seconds.
Herta’s pole continues the family history of poles at Weather tech Raceway Laguna Seca. His fATHER bRYn won the pole in 1997, 1998, and 1999, Bryan also won the race in 1997 and 1998.
Rookies now have four poles this season.
I look for Newgarden to be a bit conservative tomorrow at the start. he doesn’t necessarily have to finish ahead of Rossi to wrap up the title.
Save your liver- don’t make your drinking game word iconic.
Back tomorrow morning with a quick preview. Thanks for following along this weekend.