SPEEDWAY – As it has many times in the history of the famed racing venue, precipitation has greeted a new event to arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
But unlike the oval race on the two-and-a-half mile oval, the show goes on for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis whether it’s sunny or rainy.
That’s how it was on Friday afternoon for qualifying for the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series road course race at IMS, as the team put on their rain tires to finish up the group qualifying in showery conditions.
In the end it was Sebastian Saavedra who was able to get through the precipitation to come home with the pole position for Saturdays’ race. It’s the first time the KVSH Racing driver has won the top position for an IndyCar race in his career.
Saavedra qualified for the “Fast Six” showdown for the pole position and was doing the best when Ryan Hunter-Reay lost control in Turn 14 and hit the wall which brought the ten-minute session to an end.
Also coming through with a surprise finish is rookie Jack Hawksworth, who puts his Bryan Herta Autosports car in second position on Friday afternoon.
Despite the incident towards the end of qualifying Hunter-Reay was quick enough to qualify third for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Simon Pagenaud-who has been at the top of the speed charts during many of the practices-earned the fourth best position on the grid while Will Power was fifth.