How does the INDYCAR’s Fast Six qualifying format work? Split into two groups, set by practice times, each half of the IndyCar field gets a ten minute session. The top six from each group combine for a Fast 12 ten minute session. The top six from there re-shoot for the pole.
Both group one and group two ran clean for their on-track sessions.
Surprises moving to the Fast 12 were Zach Veach and Ed Jones from group one and Spencer Pigot from group two. Simon Pageneud, James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan were notables that did not make it to the round of twelve.
Will Power made some major changes to his car before the Fast 12, adjusting his sway bar. Sebastien Bourdais made adjustments to his camber and Josef Newgarden changed gears and downforce levels.
Star of the season Alexander Rossi led the Fast Twelve session. Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Bourdais, Robert Wickens, and Will Power moved on to the Fast Six final session for the pole.
Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal did not advance.
Bourdais was the only driver to tinker with the car during the break before the Fast Six session. No drivers took the green flag when the session opened, with most waiting until there were about four minutes remaining to take to the track.
Newgarden took the pole position by five-hundredths of a second over Power for his fifth career pole. Hunter-Reay edged his Andretti Autosport teammate Rossi in row two while Robert Wickens will start alongside Bourdais in row three.
They will lead the field to the green flag Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Eastern. Coverage of the race will be shown live on NBCSN as well as the IndyCar Radio Network.
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