All the clues that were in the Friday’s free, and that was ratified at the session of the sabbath, were corroborated in the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Road America. Penske is in another league this weekend from the rest, and what has been done to enforce monopolizing the first two lines for the race tomorrow. To the front, the great specialist in pole positions for the team this year, the veteranísimo Hélio Castroneves.
The brazilian driver gave no option almost from the start of the classification: after being second in their group in the 1st round, and lead the second, is imposed at the time of the truth with a 1:41.300, a time nine tenths faster than the pole position for 2016, and that it was a second and a half from the track record, 1:39.866 by Dario Franchitti in 1999. Castroneves, with it, he got his third pole of the season, and the twelfth since achieved his last win in Detroit three years ago. With it broke, in addition, a run of four races without a pole for Penske, the most prolonged since the 2013.
Scott Dixon driving the Ganassi #9, was the most solid to the control of Penske.
Will Power was just 61 thousandths of its fourth pole position of the year, to be the greatest threat to the brazilian. Josef Newgarden managed to keep the guy despite his departure from the track in the morning, and will go third party after staying three tenths, while Simon Pagenaud only managed to lose 1:42 in the first round. All in all, it was enough to get slack to the fourth position. Scott Dixon, once again, was the best of the rest and will start from fifth place. The pilot of the Ganassi scored a 1:42.084 in the first round, the best time of a pilot is not Penske with difference, but was unable to get closer to that time in the following two.
Completed the Fast Six a good Graham Rahal that, knowing that he could not aspire to much more, and chose to classify with the hard tyre to go out with him in the race, a strategy that can pay dividends. At the gates of the final round were Max Chilton, much more comfortable in this kind of terrain, and that seems to prolong their good run of form, and a Marco Andretti who managed to order a good rating in the circuit, although their drought of Fast Six has already lasted for more than three years.
Marco Andretti in car #27, achieved his best ranking in a circuit from Sonoma 2015.
James Hinchcliffe rendered with solidity in the free, but could not get much out of his car in qualifying, and will go ninth ahead of a successful Charlie Kimball. The Fast 12 agreed, for the second time this year, Ed Jones, which continues to bring the reins of Coyne by qualifying in eleventh place ahead of a Ryan Hunter-Reay who erred in his lap. The big surprise in the first round was the elimination of Alexander Rossi, which could only be eighth in his group and will fifteenth, on the side of a Tony Kanaan that has not found the pace throughout the weekend.
The other big news of the day was the return of Mikhail Aleshin, which ended up to solve their visa problems, and came in time to the track for the third free. The Russian pilot accused for lost time in the day and was colista of his group, although he will be out 19th ahead of a disappeared Takuma Sato and a Conor Daly that has not left the pit since Friday. Robert Wickens, therefore, you are left with the urge to make his debut in the category, after playing the first two free practice sessions as a replacement for the Russian. The test, to 50 laps and 200 miles (320 kilometers) away, will be played at 19:15 in the afternoon Spanish time, being issued by Movistar Sports 1.
Classification of the IndyCar 2017 at Road America
|Pos||Pilot||Engine||R1 G1||R1 G2||Fast 12||Fast 6|
|18º||J. R. Hildebrand||Carpenter||Chevrolet||1:42.913|