IndyCar Series 2017
•Alexander Rossi claims career first IndyCar Series pole
•Scott Dixon qualifies second as Honda sweeps front row
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 2, 2017) – Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon swept the front row in qualifying, taking their Hondas to first and second in Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying at Watkins Glen International Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen.
Both drivers bettered the existing Watkins Glen lap record of 147.008 mph, set by Dixon last year. Although Rossi went 147.119 mph [with a time of 1:22.4639] to claim the pole in the final round, Dixon’s speed of 147.235 mph [1:22.4171] set in the second round – to advance him to the final – will be the new official mark.
In addition to Rossi and Dixon, Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball both advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start fourth and fifth, respectively. Ryan Hunter-Reay will line up seventh, with Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal rounding out the top 10 for Honda.
Coverage of Sunday’s 60-lap event starts at 1 p.m. EDT, live on the NBC Sports Network. Overnight rain showers are in the forecast for the Watkins Glen area, which could significantly alter the complexion of tomorrow’s race.
|1||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|2||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|4||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|6||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|7||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|8||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|9||Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|10||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|15||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|17||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|18||Jack Harvey (Michael Shank-Andretti)|
|19||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|20||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|