Rosenqvist Rips Massive Lap To Win NTT P1 Award at Indianapolis

Felix Rosenqvist gained the NTT P1 Award for the Gallagher Grand Prix with a lap Friday afternoon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course that impressed his rivals and continued his current resurgence.

Rosenqvist earned his second pole of the season with a fast lap of 1 minute, 10.2265 seconds within the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. His earlier 2022 pole got here at Texas Motor Speedway. This was Rosenqvist’s third profession pole, as his first got here in 2019 on the IMS street course.

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“I felt so calm within the automotive,” Rosenqvist mentioned. “I feel I knew after I did that lap that it was the one. Massive, huge due to the crew. Actually good automotive.”

Stay protection of the 85-lap race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile circuit begins at midday ET Saturday on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Community. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Community will cowl the morning warmup dwell from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in the course of the Brickyard Weekend that includes the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR Cup Collection and NASCAR Xfinity Collection.

The hole between Rosenqvist’s lap and one of the best lap of No. 2 qualifier Alexander Rossi was .2765 of a second, the second-largest margin this season on a street or road course. Solely Colton Herta’s pole-winning margin of .4455 of a second on the Acura Grand Prix of Lengthy Seashore was larger.

Rossi will be part of Rosenqvist on the entrance row after qualifying second at 1:10.5030 within the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. It was Rossi’s greatest profession qualifying place on the IMS street course.

“That’s an enormous effort from Felix,” Rossi mentioned. “Good job for him. That is by far one of the best consequence we’ve had right here as a crew. We had an excellent take a look at right here final month and really relieved it translated.”

Pato O’Ward certified third at 1:10.6092 within the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, with five-time IMS street course winner Will Energy fourth at 1:10.6224 within the No. 12 Verizon Group Penske Chevrolet.

Josef Newgarden – cleared to drive for the weekend after Friday morning observe – certified fifth at 1:10.6968 within the No. 2 PPG Group Penske Chevrolet. Rookie Christian Lundgaard rounded out the Firestone Quick Six at 1:10.7280 within the No. 30 Defend Cleansers Honda.

Rosenqvist’s pole marked one other chapter in his summer season surge. All six of his top-10 finishes this season have come for the reason that GMR Grand Prix in early Might. Rosenqvist re-signed with McLaren Racing in late June, however the crew hasn’t introduced his racing sequence for 2023.

The favored Swede has made no secret he desires to remain within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES subsequent season with Arrow McLaren SP, and teammate O’Ward and different rivals warmly congratulated him on pit lane after qualifying.

“I recognize everybody reaching out,” Rosenqvist mentioned. “It means lots, and I feel it helps to have these sorts of performances.”

Rosenqvist and Arrow McLaren SP solely turned one flying lap in the course of the first qualifying group, saving put on on their Firestone “crimson” alternate tires. That paid off with brisker rubber in the course of the Firestone Quick Six.

“Every part has labored out completely,” Rosenqvist mentioned. “I’m tremendous stoked, man.”

The three-round qualifying session was nearly as notable for the drivers who will begin the race from deep within the subject as those that certified up entrance.

Collection factors chief Marcus Ericsson will begin final within the 25-car subject within the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He stopped on observe with a mechanical drawback on his warmup lap within the first session, by no means turning a flying lap.

Six-time sequence champion Scott Dixon, 34 factors behind Ericsson in fourth, will begin twentieth within the No. 9 PNC Financial institution Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. The IMS street course has been a bogey observe in qualifying not too long ago for Dixon, as he has began twelfth or decrease in his final 5 races right here.

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