IndyCar | Road America | Qualifying | Linus Lundqvist secures a first pole position in a wet and wild session

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Qualifying at Road America saw pole number one for Linus Lundqvist in his young IndyCar career, the rookie displaying his impressive ability, adapting to whatever the weather threw at him throughout the session.

Qualifying group one consisted of drivers trying to acclimatise to the conditions, slipping and sliding all over the painted white lines. 

Despite the rain having stopped in Wisconsin, the drama continued as the track was still drenched from the downpour that caused chaos in FP2.

Round 1, Group 1

Luca Ghiotto the first to head off line, dipping his wheels onto the grass and into the mud, giving his 51 Dale Coyne car a fresh paint job. 

Alexander Rossi topped the times after the opening runs, however it seemed to be a game of the last one over the line that would be the ones to advance. 

Despite this, Rossi still held firm on top and made only his second fast 12 so far this season. However it was Kyffin Simpson who was the star of the session, making his way into the fast 12 for the first time, knocking out Christian Lundgaard who was on the bubble.

Through from Group 1: Rossi, O’Ward, Newgarden, Power, Simpson & Armstrong.

Round 1, Group 2

Group two consisted of many favourites for pole, including Colton Herta who topped practice two in similar conditions.

It was Alex Palou who led group two before the first red flag of the session was brought out with 3:26 left on the clock by Helio Castroneves, in what is expected to be his final qualifying around a road course. 

It was a race off of pit road when the green flag came out, everyone battling to be the first car on the road, by the time everyone started to back off to find space it was Herta who led them round for their last flyer. 

And it was Herta who would top the session, a blistering time saw him go to the top by over two tenths to Palou behind. 

A lock up by the qualifying star of the season so far Rosenqvist saw him miss out on the chance to transfer, qualifying P11 in his group. 

Through from Group 2: Herta, Palou, McLaughlin, Dixon, Lundqvist & Kirkwood.

Round 2

Times only continued to improve in the fast 12 as the track dried, not dry enough for slicks but a clear advantage to those who had multiple fresh sets of wet tyres.

Herta topped his third session of the weekend, yet again by over three tenths, this time to teammate Kyle Kirkwood who joined him in the fast six along with Marcus Armstrong, Will Power, Linus Lundqvist and Josef Newgarden. 

The top two in the championship, Palou and Dixon, were knocked out by their less experienced Chip Ganassi Racing teammates. 

Fast 6

The fast 6 saw the emergence of the dry tyres for the first time since practice one yesterday. The drivers all heading out on alternates as a dry line rapidly emerged. 

As expected, a red flag emerged, as a lack of grip meant Power was unable to keep hold of his car, spinning out and ending his qualifying session. 

When the session resumed, drivers were left with two timed laps to stake their claim for pole position. 

It was Linus Lundqvist who would take his maiden IndyCar pole position, the Swede one of the last over the line put his CGR car on pole on an ever drying track. 

P2 was Herta, who set his lap just before a red flag was brought out due to a huge incident for Newgarden who clipped a wet patch through the fastest corner on the track, sending him hard into the wall. Thankfully the Penske driver was able to get out of his car unharmed.

P3 was Armstrong, securing his series best qualifying position. He will line up alongside Kirkwood on the second row.

The third row will consist of the two Penske cars of Newgarden and Power who both brought out a red flag during the fast six.