Weather played a major role in today’s IndyCar qualifying for the GP of Indy. It started to drizzle during the group 2 qualifying session which may have caught some teams by surprise. It started raining during the top 12 qualifying which determines which drivers make it to the Firestone Fast 6.
The drivers that made it to the Firestone Fast 6 were Scott Dixon, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jack Hawksworth and Sebastian Saavedra. As the drivers were in the pits before the start of the green flag it was raining at a steady pace. The officials waved the green flag to start and the drivers took off out of the pits. Shortly into the session, the heavens opened up and a massive downpour ensued. The officials brought out the red flag to delay qualifications and then made a decision that it would be a full session.
When the green flag waved the track was in fairly good shape. The fans over in the turn two mound viewing area were excited and many were expecting Will Power to take the inaugural pole for the event. Ryan Hunter-Reay ended up hitting the turn 14 wall where no safer barrier was at and had heavy damage to the back of the car. When the checkered flag waved, to everyone’s surprise Sebastian Saavedra had earned the pole position. Next to him is rookie Jack Hawksworth.
I don’t think anyone would have predicted this and it’s just another reason I love IndyCar. On any given day, anyone can be up front and on the pole. Parity is at an all-time high. I’m sure some are nervous that a rookie and an inexperienced Saavedra will be leading the field to the green flag. I think it just adds to the excitement and can’t wait to see how it plays out for the race on Saturday.
Well I’m off to watch race 1 in the Pro Mazda Series. I have to root for Open Wheel contributors Michael Johnson and Spencer Pigot. Come out and enjoy all the action on Saturday.