Rosenqvist secures pole position for Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar race
Arrow McLaren’s Felix Rosenqvist secures pole position for Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar race, leading Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden.
Felix Rosenqvist, the Arrow McLaren driver, has once again secured pole position for the 2023 IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway, just like he did in 2022.
He managed to maintain a lead over his teammates, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden, who won the Texas race last year. Rosenqvist completed a two-lap average of 220.264mph, and it could be argued that his early qualifying time helped him since the conditions became hotter later in the session.
During the qualifying runs, there were instances where Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward seemed capable of securing front-row positions, which would have given McLaren a clean sweep at the top.
However, their runs eventually faltered, allowing Scott Dixon to secure the second spot on the grid alongside Rosenqvist. Meanwhile, Josef Newgarden of Penske took fourth place, and O’Ward had to settle for fifth. O’Ward attributed his lower-than-expected performance to preparation issues with his car, with McLaren stating that it was unable to accomplish everything it had intended to between practice and qualifying.
Takuma Sato made an impressive debut in the Ganassi team, securing the sixth position on the grid for the race. He will be sharing the car with Marcus Armstrong this season.
Alex Palou, another driver for Ganassi, was also among the top drivers and qualified in seventh place. However, the early championship leader and winner of the St. Petersburg race, Marcus Ericsson, could only manage to secure the 16th position on the grid.
Scott McLaughlin, who narrowly missed out on victory to Josef Newgarden in the previous year’s race, also struggled during qualifying and will share row eight with Marcus Ericsson. Reigning champion Will Power from Penske was disappointed with his performance and blamed his gearing for hitting the rev limiter, but still managed to qualify in eighth place.
David Malukas from Dale Coyne Racing secured ninth place, while Colton Herta, driving for Andretti Autosport, completed the top 10.
During the qualifying session, McLaren, Ganassi, and Penske demonstrated their superiority on the high-banked oval. However, other teams struggled to keep up with the pace. Ed Carpenter was the best performer among his team’s three entries, qualifying in 18th place.
The Meyer Shank duo of Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud were left puzzled after securing the 21st and 22nd positions, respectively. Meanwhile, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s cars suffered from understeer, with Graham Rahal qualifying in the 24th position.
Teams have already started preparing for the race with two additional practice sessions, including one specifically reserved for running on the high line. The goal is to lay more rubber on the higher parts of the track, which is part of a range of measures being introduced to improve overtaking opportunities during the race.
The complete qualifying results from Texas Motor Speedway, which saw Felix Rosenqvist secure the pole position.
Position Driver Team Time Gap 1 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren 0:47.070 2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 0:47.133 +0.063 3 Alexander Rossi Arrow McLaren 0:47.135 +0.065 4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 0:47.170 +0.100 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow McLaren 0:47.209 +0.139 6 Takuma Sato Chip Ganassi Racing 0:47.232 +0.162 7 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing 0:47.238 +0.168 8 Will Power Team Penske 0:47.265 +0.195 9 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing 0:47.287 +0.217 10 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport 0:47.302 +0.232 11 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport 0:47.306 +0.236 12 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Autosport 0:47.310 +0.240 13 Benjamin Pedersen A.J. Foyt Enterprises 0:47.320 +0.250 14 Santino Ferrucci A.J. Foyt Enterprises 0:47.365 +0.295 15 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske 0:47.393 +0.323 16 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 0:47.407 +0.337 17 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing 0:47.466 +0.396 18 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 0:47.478 +0.408 19 Agustin Canapino Juncos Hollinger Racing 0:47.479 +0.409 20 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 0:47.510 +0.440 21 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing 0:47.516 +0.446 22 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing 0:47.537 +0.467 23 Sting Ray Robb Dale Coyne Racing 0:47.630 +0.560 24 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 0:47.644 +0.574 25 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing 0:47.678 26 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing 0:47.805 27 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 0:47.953 27 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 0:47.977
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