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SPORT NEWS – O’Ward rockets to pole for IndyCar opener at Barber

O’Ward rockets to pole for IndyCar opener at Barber



The battle for pole place at Barber Motorsports Park noticed three drivers from Chip Ganassi Racing and one every from Andretti Autosport, Arrow McLaren SP, and Crew Penske hurl their automobiles across the beautiful 2.4-mile highway course, and as soon as the Firestone Quick Six was settled, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward blitzed the group along with his second profession pole.

“GOOOOOOO,” the 2018 Indy Lights champion yelled over the radio after clinching first place with a lap of 1m05.8479s within the No. 5 Chevy. The 24-year-old Mexican was certainly a headache for the others as he led the Quick Six and the Quick 12 classes, and can have Andretti’s Alexander Rossi alongside him on the entrance row within the No. 27 Honda (+0.0698s).

“Man, we made some adjustments after Observe 2, and we’ve been working so laborious within the low season,” O’Ward mentioned. “I knew precisely what I wanted to get day trip of the [Firestone] reds. We did that, and we’re beginning on pole. We’ve obtained a race to win tomorrow.”

CGR’s Alex Palou led his trio in third with the No. 10 Honda (+0.2059s), Penske’s Will Energy was fourth within the No. 12 Chevy (+0.2707s), and CGR’s Scott Dixon within the No. 9 Honda (+0.5497s) and Marcus Ericsson within the No. 10 Honda (+0.5623s) rounded out the sextet.

Simply exterior of the Quick Six, ex-System 1 driver and NTT IndyCar Sequence rookie Romain Grosjean was all smiles after qualifying seventh within the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda. Higher nonetheless for the Frenchman was the truth that he displaced two-time sequence champion Josef Newgarden, who will begin eighth.

“Had a little bit of visitors, nevertheless it doesn’t actually matter right now,” he mentioned. “I’m very happy with the boys getting me to P7. I used to be simply considering Josef Newgarden is among the stars of the sequence and is aware of Barber very nicely. So, I believe we may be tremendous pleased with that. I believe we’ve proven the work we’ve completed in testing labored nicely.”

AS IT HAPPENED 

Within the opening 10-minute session the place half the sector went out and 6 moved ahead into the Firestone Quick 12, the luck of the qualifying draw didn’t favor Crew Penske as all 4 of its automobiles had been thrown into the identical group. CGR’s Marcus Ericsson led the 12 drivers within the first spherical of quickest laps, and as soon as the sector pitted, reset, and went out for a closing blast round Barber, teammate Alex Palou delivered a monster lap—first beneath 1m06s with a 1m05.9032s—to say P1.

Behind Palou within the six who transferred, it was Penske’s Will Energy, Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin—with an epic closing lap—in a row, Ericsson, and Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey. Those that did not switch had been, so as, Ed Jones, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato, Jimmie Johnson, and Dalton Kellett.

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