Penske Rebounds at Barber Pourchaire Trails

Penske Dominates Barber Qualifying, Pourchaire in Rear


After a “push to pass” scandal, Penske leads the pack at Barber, with rookie Pourchaire starting at the back.

Following the scandal of illegal “push to pass” usage, Team Penske rebounded at Barber with Scott McLaughlin and Will Power securing the front row for tonight’s start.

The day after Penske’s penalties post-Long Beach were announced, the American team’s drivers responded on track by dominating the Alabama Grand Prix qualifying at the Barber road circuit.

Last year’s winner on this track, New Zealander McLaughlin (pictured above) clocked the fastest time in the “Firestone Fast Six” just ahead of teammate Power, with less than a tenth separating the two.

Impressive performances followed from Rahal’s Danish driver Christian Lundgaard, the top Honda representative and fastest in the “Fast Twelve” (equivalent to Q2 in the States), who will start from the second row alongside championship leader Pato O’Ward (McLaren).

Also qualifying in the top 6, Long Beach pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist (MSR) will share the third row with Ganassi’s top finisher, the young Marcus Armstrong.

Penske’s third driver, Josef Newgarden, will settle for a spot on the fourth row next to Graham Rahal, with Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti), and Alex Palou (Ganassi) rounding out the top 10 ahead of Romain Grosjean (Juncos), followed by top rookie Tom Blomqvist (MSR) and Long Beach winner Scott Dixon (Ganassi).

Highly anticipated after his Long Beach feat, rookie Théo Pourchaire (McLaren) will start 24th, just behind fellow newcomer Luca Ghiotto (Coyne), who is 21st on the grid.

Penske Rebounds at Barber Pourchaire Trails
PosNumDriverQual time
13Scott McLaughlin1:05.9490
212Will Power1:06.0460
345Christian Lundgaard1:06.0818
45Pato O’Ward1:06.2940
560Felix Rosenqvist1:06.4524
611Marcus Armstrong1:06.9022
715Graham Rahal1:06.0942
82Josef Newgarden1:06.2908
927Kyle Kirkwood1:06.2959
1010Alex Palou1:06.3013
1177Romain Grosjean1:06.3526
1266Tom Blomqvist1:06.3871
139Scott Dixon1:06.1425
1420Christian Rasmussen1:06.4803
1526Colton Herta1:06.1481
167Alexander Rossi1:06.5054
1714Santino Ferrucci1:06.2751
1828Marcus Ericsson1:06.5846
198Linus Lundqvist1:06.2825
2078Agustin Canapino1:06.6706
2151Luca Ghiotto1:06.4788
2218Jack Harvey1:06.7969
234Kyffin Simpson1:06.5267
246Theo Pourchaire1:06.9052
2541Sting Ray Robb1:06.8404
2630Pietro Fittipaldi1:07.4920
2721Rinus VeeKay1:07.7392

Penske Rebounds at Barber, Pourchaire Trails. Penske Rebounds at Barber, Pourchaire Trails

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