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today is Sep 28, 2022

Rinus VeeKay took pole position for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, as Josef Newgarden, the current IndyCar championship leader, missed the final stage of qualifying and will start seventh.

VeeKay started the day off with the fastest time in the second practice session. After advancing through rounds one and two, VeeKay leapt over defending race winner Álex Palou to claim his first pole in over a year, setting a fastest lap of 1’06.251 around the 3.8 kilometre circuit.

Despite a small mistake at the start of his final flying lap, McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward still went quick enough to qualify second, sharing the front row with VeeKay. Palou will start third as he looks for his first win of the year – from the same position that he won from last year at this venue, no less – next to St. Petersburg GP winner Scott McLaughlin in fourth.

Alexander Rossi was unsure if he’d even be able to run in qualifying after a crash in second practice, but he made it all the way into Fast Six qualifying and will start fifth, next to Felix Rosenqvist in sixth.

Newgarden, the points leader and a three-time winner at Barber Motorsports Park, will start seventh next to Romain Grosjean in eighth, Graham Rahal in ninth, and Colton Herta – the fastest driver in Friday’s first practice session – in tenth.

Callum Ilott and Juncos Hollinger Racing advanced to the second round of qualifying for the first time; Ilott will start eleventh as the top rookie, ahead of Marcus Ericsson, who spun off into the gravel at turn nine at the end of round two qualifying, and brought out a red flag as the timer hit zero, resulting in the deletion of his fastest lap.

Further back in the field, Scott Dixon will start 13th as he vies for his first win at the circuit, and Will Power, a four-time pole winner at Barber, starts down in 19th place.

Sunday’s Grand Prix of Alabama will run over 90 laps. The green flag will fly at 6.15pm UK time.

Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying results:

Position Car Driver Team Engine 1 21 Rinus VeeKay Carpenter Chevrolet 2 5 Pato O’Ward McLaren SP Chevrolet 3 10 Alex Palou Ganassi Honda 4 3 Scott McLaughlin Penske Chevrolet 5 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Honda 6 7 Felix Rosenqvist McLaren SP Chevrolet 7 2 Josef Newgarden Penske Chevrolet 8 28 Romain Grosjean Andretti Honda 9 15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda 10 26 Colton Herta Andretti Honda 11 77 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Chevrolet 12 8 Marcus Ericsson Ganassi Honda 13 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda 14 30 Christian Lundgaard RLL Honda 15 45 Jack Harvey RLL Honda 16 6 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Honda 17 51 Takuma Sato Coyne/RWR Honda 18 18 David Malukas Coyne/HMD Honda 19 12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet 20 29 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Honda 21 14 Kyle Kirkwood Foyt Chevrolet 22 20 Conor Daly Carpenter Chevrolet 23 4 Dalton Kellett Foyt Chevrolet 24 60 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Honda 25 11 Tatiana Calderon Foyt Chevrolet 26 48 Jimmie Johnson Ganassi Honda