New Garden wins long beach pole position and earns important championship points · Race Fans – Motorsports

Josef Newgarden took part in the Long Beach weekend Grand Prix as the ultimate championship outsider, but his excellent performance during qualifying made Newgarden the fourth pole of the season.

More importantly, New Garden’s pole position earns bonus points in the IndyCar Series Championship rankings. He was within 47 points of championship leader Alex Palou and, along with second-placed Pato O’Ward, was on the fast six stage after a controversial decision by race control at the end of the second round of qualifying.

Willpower stopped the racing line at the exit of Turn 10 after touching the barrier on Turn 9. Power removed the fastest lap to get the local yellow at the end of the session, but some drivers improved their previous times even though they had to go through the local yellow flag zone. Is done. James Hinchcliffe was demoted from 6th to 7th and dropped out of Fast Six. Ed Jones fell from 8th to 9th.

O’Ward, who finished in 8th place after the official announcement of the results of the second round qualifying, commented as follows. IndyCar never matches their call and they need to review it. Because we should be in Fast Six. “

With seconds remaining in the fastest lap session, Newgarden jumped to the top of the leaderboard with the fastest lap of 1’08.224 and took the pole position desperately needed to increase his chances of winning his third series title. I got it. Five seasons.

New Garden will be able to win the championship tomorrow if he wins from the pole while leading the most laps of the driver. But he also needs O’Ward to finish below 3rd and Parrow to finish below 25 without leading the lap on any stage.

Parrow can finish the championship wherever New Garden or O’Ward is, by finishing where Sunday’s race starts in 10th place. In fact, Parrow needs to finish in 11th place to win his first IndyCar title. O’Ward must finish in at least 2nd place to get a chance to win the championship by 35 points.

“We know we have good race cars. Tomorrow we can overtake some good race cars,” Parrow smiled after being excluded from the session. “If you do a good job tomorrow, you can take that championship home! Otherwise, you can’t really focus on what the other cars are doing.”

Completing the rest of the first three lines of the Sunday race grid is second-out series champion Scott Dixon, third Indy 500 winner Elio Castroneves, fourth Simon Pagenaud, fifth. Felix Rosenqvist and Romain Grosjean, a candidate for the Rookie of the Year. 6th – 7th behind Scott McLaughlin in 13th.

Laguna Seca’s winner Colton Herta may have been a threat to pole position, but when he tried to get out of Group 2 in the first round of qualifying, he broke the left rear suspension after contacting the barrier and the other I couldn’t improve my time because the car was knocked. Kick him out. Hertha starts in 14th place. One earlier than Alexander Rossi, he was a two-time defending long beach GP winner and was unable to get out of the first round in qualifying.

The Green Flag time for the Grand Prix of Long Beach is set at 20:45 BST on Sunday.

Qualifying result

position vehicle driver team engine
1 2 Josef Newgarden Penske Chevrolet
2 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda
3 6 Elio Castroneves Meyer shank Honda
Four twenty two Simon Pagenaud Penske Chevrolet
Five 7 Felix Rosenqvist McLaren SP Chevrolet
6 51 Romain Grosjean Coin / RWR Honda
7 29 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Steinbrenner Honda
8 Five Pato O’Ward McLaren SP Chevrolet
9 18 Ed Jones Coyne / Vasser Honda
Ten Ten Alex Palou Ganassi Honda
11 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Honda
12 12 Will power Penske Chevrolet
13 3 Scott McLaughlin Penske Chevrolet
14 26 Colton Herta Andretti Honda
15 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Honda
16 30 Takuma Sato RLL Honda
17 8 Marcus Ericsson Ganassi Honda
18 77 Callum Ilott Yunkos Holinger Chevrolet
19 15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda
20 11 Charlie Kimball Voith Chevrolet
twenty one 20 Conor Daly carpenter Chevrolet
twenty two 14 Sebastien Bode Voith Chevrolet
twenty three 59 Max Chilton Curlin Chevrolet
twenty four twenty one Rinus Vee Kay carpenter Chevrolet
twenty five 60 Jak Ali Harvey Meyer shank Honda
26 Four Dalton Keret Voith Chevrolet
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Ganassi Honda
28 45 Oliver Askew RLL Honda

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