By: Spencer Neff
June 1, 2019 | 11:00 AM
Fresh off of a frustrating runner-up finish, Alexander Rossi left the Indianapolis 500 a determined man. Early on this weekend, he has channeled that emotion into a strong performance at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
On Saturday morning, the Andretti Autosport driver took pole for the afternoon’s race at Belle Isle. After winning the pole for last year’s second race, he made it two in a row with a best lap of 1m14.1989s. This is Rossi’s second pole of 2019 (Long Beach) and the sixth of his career.
In four of his previous five pole positions, Rossi has gone on to win the race.
Since the fastest time of qualifying was posted in the second group, those drivers will start on the inside lane (odd numbers 1-23).
Lining up behind Rossi will be Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Patricio O’Ward, Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Marcus Ericsson, Spencer Pigot and Tony Kanaan.
The Group 1 qualifiers were able to lay down some fast times early on.
Among the 12 cars in the session, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was fastest. Newgarden finished with a best lap of 1m14.827 and will start beside Rossi. All other drivers in Group 1 will lineup behind Newgarden (even numbers 2-22).
After sitting on the pole at the last road course, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenquist was the only other driver in the group to eclipse 1m15s.
Joining Newgarden and Rosenqvist on the outside lane will be Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Ed Jones, Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti and Matheus Leist.
Both 12-minute group sessions were run without any stoppages – a pleasant surprise to many of the choppy street course qualifying sessions we have seen over the last couple of years.
Saturday will conclude with the opening race of the doubleheader. The green flag for Race 1 is set for 3:50 p.m. Eastern and the race will be shown live on NBC.
For Sunday’s race, the same schedule will be followed for qualifying and racing. As with each IndyCar Series on-track session, the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network will also provide commentary via RaceControl.IndyCar.com – where you can also find timing and scoring.
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