Marco Andretti has led an Andretti Autosport front-row lockout ahead of Saturday’s Milwaukee IndyFest, narrowly edging out teammate James Hinchcliffe for top spot in a closely-contested battle for pole on Friday afternoon.
In a dominant performance for the four-car Andretti Autosport stable, it managed to get all of its cars inside the top-five: reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was fourth-quickest, while EJ Viso was one spot behind.
With Andretti breaking the one-mile circuit’s lap record en route to pole, the result was even more significant at a venue which effectively serves as the team’s home event – Andretti Sports Marketing took over as the race’s promoter last year.
“I couldn’t ask for a better [Father’s Day] present,” team owner Michael Andretti beamed. “It would be great for [Marco] for his championship to get those points, but also it would be another special family moment at Milwaukee if that were to happen.”
The only driver who could hold a candle to the all-Andretti assault was Will Power, who hustled his Team Penske entry into the third-quickest time.
Behind the top-five, there were a couple of surprise performers. Sebastián Saavedra took his Dragon Racing entry into sixth position – one spot ahead of Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan – while Josef Newgarden claimed the honours as the fastest Honda runner with the eighth-fastest time, ahead of the SPH entries of Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier.
But there were also some disappointed faces in the paddock after qualifying. Chip Ganassi Racing once again flattered to deceive: although Scott Dixon just missed out the top ten, teammates Dario Franchitti (17th) and Charlie Kimball (22nd) couldn’t string their two-lap efforts together into a competitive grid position.
Texas racewinner Hélio Castroneves suffered from being the first runner out in qualifying, with the less-grippy conditions giving him just 18th on the grid in the second Penske entry.
2013 IndyCar Series Milwaukee IndyFest Final Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Average Speed|
|1.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||170.515mph|
|2.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||170.418mph|
|3.||Will Power||Team Penske||170.212mph|
|4.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||170.100mph|
|5.||E.J. Viso||Team Venezuela / Andretti Autosport||169.828mph|
|6.||Sebastián Saavedra||Dragon Racing||169.732mph|
|7.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||169.482mph|
|8.||Josef Newgarden||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||169.462mph|
|9.||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Racing||169.311mph|
|10.||Tristan Vautier||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Racing||169.215mph|
|11.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||168.820mph|
|12.||James Jakes||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||168.470mph|
|13.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||168.412mph|
|14.||Sébastien Bourdais||Dragon Racing||168.141mph|
|15.||Takuma Sato||AJ Foyt Enterprises||168.023mph|
|16.||Alex Tagliani||Barracuda Racing||167.512mph|
|17.||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||167.263mph|
|18.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||167.169mph|
|19.||Ryan Briscoe||Panther Racing||165.765mph|
|20.||Ana Beatriz||Dale Coyne Racing||165.364mph|
|21.||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||164.797mph|
|22.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||164.124mph|
|23.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||163.230mph|
|24.||Simona de Silvestro||KV Racing Technology||162.886mph|