James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will start the first of two Belle Isle Grand Prix from fourth place and was the fastest Honda powered car in the 22 man field.
Hinchcliffe set a qualifying time of 01:15.7708s and ended the session just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz and reigning series champion Scott Dixon.
Speaking following the qualifying session, Hinchcliffe who heads into Saturday’s race one in fifth place in the championship commented by saying:
I’m really happy with qualifying. To get into the Firestone Fast Six two (road/street) races in a row is big for the Arrow Electronics team. Some of the other cars were really quick, but we managed to have enough there at the end of the second round and then a solid effort in the third round to put it on the second row. I’m very pleased with that and it gives us a good starting spot for tomorrow’s race, but it’s only half the job. We still have two races and another qualifying to go, but to come back here after missing last year and be able to get up to speed quickly, I can’t thank (race engineer) Allen (McDonald) and the crew enough. The Arrow car was great off the truck and it’s just allowing us to keep this momentum going.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Doom Honda will start Saturday’s race from 12th place on the grid after setting a qualifying time of 01:16.2665s at a speed of 110.927s.