Oval IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson, the fifth driver to run, was the primary driver to crack 220mph on a lap, reaching the 220.006mph mark on his first flyer in his Chip Ganassi Racing machine. A 219.724mph lap on his second tour left him with a mean of 219.865mph.
This was instantly edged by Andretti Autosport’s rookie Devlin DeFrancesco, who breached the 220mph barrier on his second lap, and delivered a mean of 219.888mph.
He was in flip usurped, with Conor Daly producing a mean of 219.987mph for Ed Carpenter Racing, earlier than Alexander Rossi was the primary driver to run two 220mph laps and jumped to the highest of the velocity charts, his two laps simply zero.01mph aside.
However Rosenqvist took that additional and went into the 221s – a 221.316mph – on his opening lap, and backed it up with a 220.905mph, trimming the grass on the kink on the entrance straight, to set a 221.110mph common.
That put him past the attain of Josef Newgarden, who slotted his Group Penske-Chevy into second, and practice pacesetter Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing, who moved into fourth.
Pagenaud’s team-mate, four-time Texas winner Helio Castroneves, moved into second with a 220.768mph common, whereas the second Arrow McLaren SP automotive of Pato O’Ward produced a 220.579mph common, fourth in the interim.
Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Takuma Sato, making ready for his 200th IndyCar begin, delivered a primary lap simply zero.1mph off Rosenqvist’s greatest effort, then a second lap barely quicker than the McLaren driver’s second. Though it was not fairly sufficient to depose Rosenqvist, he grabbed a provisional entrance row slot.
Scott Dixon was the third driver to set a 221mph common, the five-time Texas winner taking provisional third forward of Castroneves, whereas Romain Grosjean’s first ever quali run at Texas was a really respectable 220.four, inside zero.1mph of skilled team-mate Rossi. It netted him 13th, and inside zero.2mph of Colton Herta, the Andretti staff’s pacesetter in ninth.
Penske’s Will Energy delivered two very constant 221.0mph laps to fit right into a provisional third, the primary driver to ship a 221mph lap on lap two.
However the closing automotive to run, Energy’s team-mate McLaughlin delivered a 221.166mph lap adopted by a 221.027mph to maneuver into second, simply zero.002mph quicker than Sato and solely zero.014mph behind Rosenqvist.
IndyCar Texas Qualifying consequence