Will Power gains his 46th-ever pole position at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday–making it also his 4th time with the pole at Barber.
So, it’s relatively easy to notice and say “we’ve done this before.”
Other things not so surprising about IndyCar qualifying at Barber Saturday afternoon:
– All four Penske drivers are in the top 10 grid spots.
– Only one Andretti car made it to Rounds 2 and 3 of qualifying.
– Also, that Andretti driver was Ryan Hunter-Reay.
It wasn’t a relatively interesting qualifying. Simon Pagenaud managed to veer off track twice in two separate qualifying rounds. He lends it to driving a little too aggressive for qualifying. At least he’s making it known that he definitely wants to get the pole.
Alexander Rossi has had some great runs the last two races, so it was disappointing to see him not even making it to the second round of qualifying. Marco Andretti was just as disappointing (and he was feeling it too), having had the fastest time of the weekend during the second practice session on Friday, he failed to make ground and was unable to move on to the second round of qualifying.
Apparently the Andretti Hondas were having some difficulties finding pace this weekend. But, then why did teammate Hunter-Reay make it to the Fast Six?
One actual surprise was Sebastien Bourdais, who landed a 12th grid position for this afternoon’s race. Although, Bourdais has had a pretty great run of making it to the front of the grid from nearly the back of the grid, so perhaps this is a new strategy going forth? We know for a fact Bourdais can pull it off, as he did in both St. Petersburg and Long Beach. Today he doesn’t have nearly as far to go.
Rookie Ed Jones was also doing surprisingly well. Okay–surprisingly maybe shouldn’t be the word to use there. As a rookie he’s had consistently good runs at not only the last two races, but in qualifying yesterday as well. He even landed a grid spot ahead of Dale Coyne Teammate Bourdais, at P11.
As of this morning, track conditions are wet and it’s a rainy day in Alabama. Teams are testing with rain tires at the moment, preparing for what could be a wet race today.
Green flag waves at 3:30 p.m.! Have your umbrellas handy…