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Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean won the GMR Grand Prix NTT P1 award at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Friday afternoon, winning his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole on his third start and motors. It has spread to the world of sports.
Romain Grosjean set a top lap of 1’9.4396 seconds at No. 51 NURTEC ODT Honda in the final round of Firestone Fast Six qualifying. This was Grosjean’s first open-wheel pole since taking the top spot in GP2 (the last ladder series leading to F1) in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011.
Frenchman Grosjean, 35, participated in the NTT IndyCar Series at Dale Coyne Racing and RWR this season after spending 10 seasons in F1. His F1 career ended with a violent crash in Bahrain last November. There, he escaped Inferno with severe burns and was loved by fans all over the world for his optimistic spirit of recovery.
“Wow,” Grosjean said. “When I saw the group I belonged to (first qualifying), I thought,” Oh, dear, if I can get out of the first group, it’s okay. ” For the last few laps we were riding it. How many days will it be for us?
“I’m happier than I’ve spent so long.”
Grosjean will lead the field of 25 cars to the green flag on Saturday afternoon, 14 turns, on a 2.439 mile road course. The live broadcast of the 85-lap race will begin at 2:00 pm (ET) on the NBC and INDYCAR radio networks.
Two-time series champion Josef Newgarden joins Grosjean in the front row after finishing a 1: 09.5665 top lap on the 2nd Snap-on Tool Team Penske Chevrolet. This is the best starting position for New Garden this season.
Jak Ali Harvey is No. At 60AutoNation / Sirius XM Honda, he passed the qualifying at 1: 09.6528 in 3rd place and continued to make a strong start to the season. Alex Palou, the winner of the season opener, is No. After circling 1: 09.7118 at 10 American Legion Honda, we will start in 4th place.
Scott McLaughlin is Firestone Fast Six’s second rookie, No. After finishing a 1: 09.7140 lap on the 3PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, we will start the season’s best five. Conor Daly is No. The top 6 was closed with a 20MannKind Chevrolet of 1: 09.8662. This is also his best qualifying performance of the season.
This was the first IndyCar pole for the coin team since 2018, when Sebastien Bode took the top spot on the Phoenix Raceway.
“Looking at his resume and how great he was before he entered Formula One, Formula One was such a team performance issue and we knew he could win the race. Grosjean. “He proved it today.”
The Firestone Fast Six was as remarkable to the drivers who didn’t cut as the drivers who competed for the NTT P1 Awards.
Four-time GMR Grand Prix pole winner Will Power spun between turns 12 and 13 early in the second round of qualifying before reaching the final round with loose-handling No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet. I didn’t proceed. Power, who won the GMR Grand Prix three times in the 2014 Series Champion, will be in 12th place, starting his lowest position in his eight careers at this event.
“At least we’re in 12th place, which is better than St. Pete. We’re in 20th place,” Power said. “It’s very crazy that the car changes a lot from session to session. I made a mistake. I’m very dissatisfied with myself.”
Heavyweights in several other series, including top two championship drivers Scott Dixon and Patoward, did not advance from the first round of qualifying. Dixon will be 16th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and Oward will be 18th in the No. 5 Aroma McLaren SP Chevrolet.
Also starting in the second half of the field are Gainbridge winner Alexander Rossi (14th), Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (17th), 2012 Series Champion, and 2014 Indy 500. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 announced by winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (19th) and four. -IndyCar Series Champion Bull Dice (20th).
Grosjean Standsfield-Motorsport Tribune, Winner of NTT P1 Award at GMR Grand Prix
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