Indy 500 Champion Sato takes pole for Race 2 in Detroit

2017_DetroitGP_Sun_Gp1-8328Indy 500 Champion Takuma Sato takes the pole for the second race of the Detroit today. The Andretti driver’s pole winning lap time of 1:13.6732 made for his sixth career pole, and second all-time pole in Detroit, while also breaking the track lap time record.

Sato has been running strong the entire weekend having qualified third and a top 10 result for Race 1.

Yesterday’s race winner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal qualified third (second in the second qualifying group).

In the first qualifying group, Ryan Hunter-Reay ran the fastest with a 1:15.2833, nearly two seconds slower than the second qualifying group’s top time completed by Sato. Hunter-Reay will start this afternoon’s race in second.

The first qualifying group’s efforts may have been slower due to a full-course red issued in the middle of the session after A.J. Foyt’s #14 Carlos Munoz scrubbed the wall and causing needed repairs to the safety wall. Munoz’s car suffered considerable damage to the front suspension and was towed off the field. His lap time was also disqualified due to the impact, and therefore will start last on the field this afternoon.

Drivers were able to resume qualifying and were able to get the minimum five minutes of green to run, and it shows in the comparatively slower lap times in group two.

Munoz’s teammate Conor Daly is working hard to redeem himself today after his car quit during yesterday’s race and gave him a 22nd place finish. Today he qualifies 10th.

Schmidt Peterson has two cars in the qualifying top 10: James Hinchcliffe with another 5th place start and teammate Mikhail Aleshin in 6th. Yesterday both cars consistently stayed in the top 5, with Hinchcliffe nabbing a podium-finishing 3rd.

Andretti’s Alexander Rossi had a great run yesterday, finishing 5th, but qualified 14th for today.

Weather doesn’t look promising for this afternoon’s race. Drivers did not run rain tires this morning even with the occasional drizzle on Belle Isle. Rain is in the forecast for the entire duration of the race, which will lend to some very interesting results.

Final Qualifying results for Race 2 of the Dual in Detroit, Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:
1. Takuma Sato (Andretti)
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti)
3. Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman)
4. Helio Castroneves (Penske)
5. James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson)
6. Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson)
7. Will Power (Penske)
8. Scott Dixon (Ganassi)
9. Marco Andretti (Andretti)
10. Conor Daly (A.J. Foyt)
11. Simon Pagenaud (Penske)
12. Charlie Kimball (Ganassi)
13. Josef Newgarden (Penske)
14. Alexander Rossi (Andretti)
15. Tony Kanaan (Ganassi)
16. Max Chilton (Ganassi)
17. Ed Jones (R) (Dale Coyne)
18. JR Hildebrand (Ed Carpenter)
19. Esteban Gutierrez (R) (Dale Coyne)
20. Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman)
21. Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter)
22. Carlos Munoz (A.J. Foyt)

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