By: Spencer Neff
June 23, 2019 | 10:40 AM
To close out a busy month of June, the NTT IndyCar Series will take to the famed Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Today’s race calls for 55 laps around the 4.014-mile, 14-turn course.
Before the green flag waves, here’s the latest from the weekend’s on-track developments.
Session Recaps and Drivers to Watch
On Saturday, rookie Colton Herta dominated all three sessions in qualifying and won his first career pole.
With this accomplishment, Herta adds youngest pole winner in IndyCar history to his short but impressive career record.
For his Harding Steinbrenner Racing team, it is also their first pole since joining the series in 2017. In March, Herta and the team went to victory lane at Circuit of The Americas as he became IndyCar’s youngest winner.
Alongside Herta will be Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi. In the past four races, Rossi has three runner-up finishes but no wins. On Friday, Rossi turned the quickest lap in the weekend’s second practice.
As he looks to reverse his past frustrations at Road America, cutting into Josef Newgarden’s 25-point lead will be on Rossi’s mind too.
For the race, Newgarden will start fourth, sharing Row 2 with teammate Will Power. If he were to win today, Newgarden would be the first driver since Jacques Villeneuve (1994-95) to notch consecutive victories there.
During Saturday’s final practice, the Team Penske driver posted the fastest practice lap of the weekend.
After his Honda engine let go, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was forced to sit out Round 2 of qualifying. For the race, the 2017 winner will start 12th.
Looking to make his way to the front as well is Rossi’s teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay. Despite leading the opening practice and the pit stop practice on Friday, last year’s runner-up qualified 16th.
Race Day Info
This afternoon, The Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America race broadcast will begin with pre-race coverage at 12:00 PM Eastern on NBC. The expected green flag time is at 12:43 PM Eastern.
Timing and scoring, as well as commentary from the IndyCar Radio Network, can be found by visiting RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Radio coverage can also be found on Sirius 219 and XM 202.
Additionally, look for information on tire strategies courtesy of Firestone here. Starting tire choices are listed in the starting grid linked above.
During today’s on-track action, join us on Twitter as well. We will be online during the day with insight on all the latest developments.
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