(Our ever-observant Indy reporter Matt Lennon has enjoyed an exciting qualifying session for tonight’s INDY Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, where Will Power will start for the best possible position to make it a hat-trick of race victories: pole position.)
Dreyer & Reinbold will also be celebrating with Mike Conway putting himself 2nd on the grid. Despite being slightly more than 6 tenths slower, Ryan Briscoe will surely be disappointed with 9th place, however as a road racing specialist, don’t write him off. Three races in, Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven’s investments in Takuma Sato are now paying dividends with the Formula 1 veteran qualifying an impressive 6th.
Those who are not familiar with the IndyCar qualifying format will probably feel confused after seeing the times on the grid below. Put as simply as possible, the field of 25 cars is split into two groups of 12 and 13 cars respectively, with the fastest six from each group going through into a Top-12 shootout. Positions 13 through 25 on the grid are determined depending on which session they participated in, with the odd numbered positions going to drivers in Session 1, and the even numbered grid positions going to drivers in Session 2.
The fastest six from the Top-12 shootout go through into the Firestone Fast-6 session, with positions 7 through 12 going to those who did not make it into this session. Told you it was simple.
Honda Grand Prix of Alabama – Final Qualifying Results:
[Original image via IndyCar official site]
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