IndyCar finale 2017 in Sonoma: Josef Newgarden on pole
Leader of the standings Josef Newgarden takes pole position for the IndyCar season finale in Sonoma – also the other four promising title contenders in the Top 6
The expected pentathlon for the IndyCar title 2017 has gained even more spice in qualifying for the season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at the Sonoma Raceway in California.All five candidates for the title have made it into the six-headed Q3 and will start from the front three rows of the grid.
Josef Newgarden (Penske-Chevrolet) has experienced the best starting position.With a Q3 time of 1:15.521 minutes, the leader of the standings set a new Sonoma track record, securing pole position and a potentially decisive bonus point in the title fight.
“We’ve been close to a pole this season a few times.Newgarden, for whom it is the first pole position of the season and the second in his IndyCar career after Milwaukee in 2015, says:”It’s crazy that it has now worked out here.
Four times Penske in the Top 4
Newgarden’s Penske teammates Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves will start from second to fourth place, which means that Team Penske will have to take full advantage of the first two rows of the grid.Ganassi star Scott Dixon, who is now four points behind Newgarden’s pole position, starts from sixth position.
The only driver in the top 6 of the grid who is no longer eligible for the title is Takuma Sato (Andretti Honda) in fifth place on the grid.
Alexander Rossi misses Q3 move-in
In Q2, Alexander Rossi (Herta/Andretti Honda; 8th) had to quit work for the only theoretical title chances left.Sebastien Bourdais (Coyne-Honda) will also start from the midfield as tenth in qualifying.
The split Q1 saw the Ganassi pilots Max Chilton (14th) and Charlie Kimball (15th) as well as Ed Jones (Coyne-Honda; 18th) who had already been announced as rookie of the year, falling out of the decision for the front positions.IndyCar debutant Zachary Claman de Melo, who is driving the second Rahal Honda this weekend, will start from 21st position in the 22-man grid.
The start of the IndyCar season finale 2017 will take place in CEST during the night from Sunday to Monday at around 0:45 a. m.’ Sport 1 US’ will broadcast live from 0:30 a. m.’ Sport 1 US’.