The 2014 IndyCar champion’s pole time of 1m09.766s on worn purple tyres, simply pipping his Chip Ganassi Racing rival on 1m09.809s, was the 64th of his US open-wheel profession and leaves the Australian simply three poles wanting Mario Andretti’s file tally.
Palou delivered on a day when his Ganassi team-mates all fell in Q1 and was additionally the one Honda to make it via to the Quick Six shootout.
Energy’s team-mate Josef Newgarden bounced again beautifully from a clutch subject in FP2 to finish up zero.067s adrift of Energy in third, as Conor Daly upheld his and Ed Carpenter Racing’s honour with the fourth quickest time forward of Arrow McLaren SP team-mates Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
Energy had topped his Q1 group forward of Palou, with Palou, Rosenqvist, Newgarden, Jack Harvey (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) and 2021 Indy GP polesitter Romain Grosjean (Andretti Autosport) additionally making it via.
Shock exclusions at this stage have been ECR driver Rinus VeeKay, who beat Grosjean to earn his first win in final 12 months’s race, and six-time champion Scott Dixon – the Kiwi left baffled by his Ganassi crew’s lack of efficiency that leaves him 21st on the grid.
The quickest time within the different Q1 group was set by O’Ward, the polesitter for the second Indy street course race final 12 months. The Mexican pipped Penske driver Scott McLaughlin to the highest spot by a mere zero.08s, as Christian Lundgaard (third) and Graham Rahal (sixth) ensured that every one three RLL vehicles superior to Q2.
They’d be joined by rookie Callum Ilott, fourth quickest in his group for Juncos-Hollinger and Daly, with Andretti drivers Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi shock casualties together with Simon Pagenaud (Meyer Shank Racing). That trio will begin in positions 14, 16 and 20 respectively.
Daly was the shock package deal of qualifying and can begin fourth for ECR
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In Q2, Energy topped the occasions on the more durable primaries as observe temperatures dropped fractionally from the beginning of the session. His time was a 1m10.708s, barely a hundredth forward of team-mate McLaughlin, with Daly inserting his ECR automobile in third forward of Newgarden.
Following the swap to the red-sidewalled tender tyres, Palou shot to the highest with a 1m09.411s effort to edge Rosenqvist, O’Ward, Energy and Newgarden, as Daly pipped Ilott to the ultimate spot within the Quick Six by zero.014s.
Behind the Briton, team-mates Lundgaard and Harvey will begin eighth and ninth, with Grosjean finishing the highest 10.
McLaughlin, who admitted to creating an error on his greatest lap, will begin 11th forward of Rahal.
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