By: Spencer Neff
June 2, 2019 | 11:55 AM
Yesterday, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden retook the points lead with a dominant win in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
This morning, Newgarden continued his strong weekend as he will start on the pole for Sunday afternoon’s Race 2 at Belle Isle. This is Newgarden’s seventh career pole and his first since Toronto in 2018.
Among the 11 cars in the session, Newgarden finished with a best lap of 1m14.8608s.
All other drivers in Group 2 will lineup behind Newgarden (odd numbers 1-21). Newgarden was also the only driver to run a sub-1m15s lap in qualifying.
Joining Newgarden in the outside lane will be Zach Veach, James Hinchcliffe, Felix Rosenqvist, Sebastien Bourdais Will Power, Ed Jones, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Santino Ferrucci Marco Andretti and Matheus Leist.
Since the fastest time of qualifying was posted in the second group, Group 1 drivers will start on the outside lane (even numbers 2-22). Race 1 pole sitter Alexander Rossi was fastest in the first group (1m15.1825).
Lining up behind Rossi will be Colton Herta, Scott Dixon, Patricio O’Ward, Spencer Pigot, Marcus Ericsson, Simon Pagenaud, Takuma Sato, Tony Kanaan, Max Chilton and Graham Rahal.
Although the first group was run without any stoppages, Group 2 had one almost immediately. Early on, water began to seep onto the track in Turn 6 from underneath the tire barriers.
Unfortunately for Rahal, he experienced a gearbox failure during this morning’s qualifying. As a result, the 2017 event winner will start last.
Following a lengthy delay, the session was reset and drivers were given the full 12 minutes to run. Luckily, there were no delays in the session once it was able to be run.
This weekend will conclude with the second and final 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.
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.
Stayed tuned to Open-Wheels.com and our social media platforms for the latest on this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
Header Image By Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.