2020 Race Season Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader NTT IndyCar Series

Newgarden wins Belle Isle Race #2 pole with dominating lap

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Qualifying for the second race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader began under sunny skies, a drastic departure from the clouds and storms of yesterday. The field would use the same qualifying format as yesterday, with all 22 cars split into the same two groups but flipping the order of the groups.

Group 1 would start with all cars except Tony Kanaan starting on primary black tires. Race 1 polesitter Alexander Rossi would put in seven laps, leading the session with a 1:15.1825. The only drama of the session would occur when Rossi caught up to Takuma Sato and appeared to have been slowed up by Sato. Race control would review the incident, but take no action against Sato.

Group 1 Results

Pos

Driver

Time

1

Alexander Rossi

Honda

1:15.1825

2

Colton Herta

Honda

1:15.6478

3

Scott Dixon

Honda

1:15.8002

4

Patricio O’Ward

Chevy

1:15.9263

5

Spencer Pigot

Chevy

1:15.9738

6

Marcus Ericsson

Honda

1:16.1279

7

Simon Pagenaud

Chevy

1:16.2190

8

Takuma Sato

Honda

1:16.2313

9

Tony Kanaan

Chevy

1:16.5848

10

Max Chilton

Chevy

1:17.2611

11

Graham Rahal

Honda

1:17.3698

 

The second group would only stay green for 1:23 before a red flag came out due to water on the track. It appeared that something hit the tire barrier in Turn 6, causing a bunch of water to spill across the track. It would take crews over 45 minutes to dry the track but qualifying would resume. Race control would reset the clock, allowing the group to get their full time in qualifying.

The track would be busy for the twelve minutes, with Josef Newgarden taking the pole away from Rossi to earn his seventh career NTT IndyCar Series pole. Zach Veach would greatly improve his starting position over Race #1, starting 3rd in Race #2.

Will Power had a chance to steal the pole from his teammate but would clip the wall on his last lap and ruin his chances. Power will start 11th.

Group 2 Results

Pos

Driver

Time

1

Josef Newgarden

Chevy

1:14.8607

2

Zach Veach

Honda

1:15.2625

3

James Hinchcliffe

Honda

1:15.4393

4

Felix Rosenqvist

Honda

1:15.4958

5

Sebastien Bourdais

Honda

1:15.5909

6

Will Power

Chevy

1:15.6945

7

Ed Jones

Chevy

1:15.7118

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

1:15.7208

9

Santino Ferrucci

Honda

1:16.0847

10

Marco Andretti

Honda

1:16.1104

11

Matheus Leist

Chevy

1:16.9552

Race #2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader will broadcast live on NBC today at 3pm ET.

Jared DePouw
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