Colton Herta, pole and Alex Palou will start tenth in St. Petersburg

The young American pilot Colton herta, with the No.26 Gainbridge Honda, of the team Andretti Autosport, won this Saturday the first position for the Grand Prize of
St. Petersburg, the second race of the season IndyCar that takes place this Sunday in the urban circuit of the city.

Herta he achieved his first pole of the season and the fifth of his career in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with a best lap of 1 minute, .3210 of a second.

“I knew we had a good race car here and a really good qualifying pace from last year,” Herta said. “We just had to get through those first two elimination stages calmly and cleanly.”

Jack harvey will join the young Herta in the front row of the 100-lap race Sunday after a best lap of 1: 00.5709 in the No. 60 AutoNation / Sirius XM Honda.

The two-time series champion, the American Josef
Newgarden, will start third after a best lap of 1: 00.6078 in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

Newgarden led both training sessions and both qualifying rounds up to the Firestone Fast Six this weekend on the temporary 14-turn, 1.8-mile (2,896-kilometer) street circuit.

It will be a second row of the whole team Penske, as the 2016 series champion, the French Simon Pagenaud will start fourth after a top lap of 1: 00.6353 with the Chevrolet penske Australian Gold Team No. 22 Menards.

St. Petersburg resident and two-time winner of this event, also French Sebastien bourdais, continued AJ Foyt Racing’s resurgence this season by qualifying fifth in 1: 01.0017 in the No. 14 ROKiT AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

The young Mexican driver Pato O’Ward, who achieved pole position in the Alabama Grand Prix last weekend, will start sixth after a best lap of 1: 01.0799 in the No. 5 Chevrolet Arrow McLaren SP.

O’Ward was the only driver in the Firestone Fast Six who did not use Firestone’s “red” alternative tires with higher grip, instead opting for the “black” primary tires which have less grip but more durability.

Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion New Zealander Scott Dixon was eliminated in the second round and will start eighth with No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

While the Catalan Alex Palou, winner last Sunday of the Alabama Grand Prix, with the No.10 NTT Data Honda, of the Chip Ganassi Racing team
will start in tenth position after having made his fastest lap 01: 00.6220, but did not make it past the second elimination.

In a surprising development, the Australian Will powerA nine-time pole winner at St. Petersburg, he missed the first round and will start in 20th with the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet.

Dixon he barely made it into the second session after one of his best laps was canceled in the first session for causing a local yellow that affected another competitor, according to the rules of IndyCar.

The veteran New Zealand driver spun into Turn 8 earlier in the first session to activate a home yellow, but slipped into the second group by taking the last available spot on his final lap.

Power’s best lap of 1: 01.1140 in the first session was only tenth best in the group and too slow to advance. He skimmed the wall on his final fastest lap, bending a link in his suspension and turned on a short straight approaching the timing line, ending any chance of making the second lap.

The 2014 series champion, Power, will start from his furthest position on this track. His previous St. Petersburg low was sixth, in 2009.