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Long Beach IndyCar: Alexander Rossi repeats 2018 pole for Andretti – IndyCar


Alexander Rossi took pole position for IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix for the second consecutive season, usurping Scott Dixon from the top of the timesheets late on.

Andretti Autosport driver Rossi, who won the race from pole last year, posted a time of 1m06.4811s on his third and final lap in the pole shootout, beating Dixon by over a quarter of a second.

Dixon aborted his final fast lap, despite being two tenths of a second up on his table-topping previous best at the time.

Will Power was third fastest in the ‘Fast Six’ pole qualifying session, 0.393s back from Rossi, and ahead of Penske team-mates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

Graham Rahal was the final runner in the last qualifying session, 0.824s off the pace in sixth.

A red flag caused by series rookie Felix Rosenqvist proved costly for a number of high-profile drivers in the second part of qualifying. The Ganassi driver was in a position to comfortably advance into the ‘Fast Six’ but chose to have one more flying lap.

The decision backfired as he overshot Turn 9 at the end of the backstraight and hit the wall, bringing the session to an early end.

As a result Rosenqvist’s fastest time in the session was wiped, putting him down to 12th on the grid, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Patricio O’Ward, and Colton Herta – who all had opportunities to post one more fast lap – were unable to complete final fast runs. They will start seventh, ninth, and 10th respectively, with Barber winner Takuma Sato among them in eighth.

It was a similar story in the first group of the first part of qualifying with Tony Kanaan bringing out the red flags after a hard hit into the wall at the Turn 6 left-hander.

The early end to the session cost James Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones and Marcus Ericsson a chance to improve on their previous best times and all will start towards the back of the field.

Sebastien Bourdais, who is also competing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship race immediately following IndyCar qualifying, was knocked out of the first part of qualifying by a late lap by Herta. Bourdais will line up 14th.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.4811s
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m06.7479s 0.2668s
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.8748s 0.3937s
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.9096s 0.4285s
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.1877s 0.7066s
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.3052s 0.8241s
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.1520s
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.2626s
9 Patricio O’Ward Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.2764s
10 Colton Herta Harding Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.7721s
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m08.3746s
12 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.4410s
13 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.1008s
14 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.3135s
15 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.1811s
16 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.4577s
17 Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.7711s
18 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.5287s
19 Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.9516s
20 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.7317s
21 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 3m22.3800s
22 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.7822s
23 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.8763s



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