Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato will start Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 from pole position. The Indianapolis 500 winner in the No.26 Expedite Home Loans Honda set a fastest time of 01:21.9526s and is joined on the front row by reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet for Team Penske.
Charlie Kimball did a great job in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing as he will start the race from third place just ahead of his team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda who looked on course to secure his first Verizon P1 Award since Las Vegas 2011.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from fifth place just ahead of Alexander Rossi in the No.98 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Honda will start the race from seventh place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a good, solid run for us but we’re obviously very lucky because we had a pretty bad puncture. You can hear the air coming out from the puncture from here it’s so big. The car balance wasn’t bad in Turn 3 but I noticed in Turn 1 that there was a lot of bottoming which was upsetting the balance on entry. We have a right rear that’s flat so we’re just lucky the tire didn’t go and the car is in one piece. Its looks like by the time I finished the run it was down six pounds on air. We didn’t have the easiest run of it in the first practice but we found some things that helped us late in the session. Now we can turn our attention to putting a good car on the track tomorrow and trying to get a win. This is an important race for us, a huge race for us in the championship.
Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Harding Racing Chevrolet will start the race from eighth place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda while Max Chilton rounded out the top ten in the No.8 Gallagher Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda will start the race from 11th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a good race, I started off not driving well enough earlier this weekend but I made big steps every session and I feel like finally we were quite comfortable with the track, so I was able to attack more. The car was really good and it allowed me to overtake some people and keep consistent lap times throughout the stints and we ran a good strategy. All in all everything worked together well and it gives me confidence for tomorrow.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda will start the race from 12th place. It was a great result for Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda as the Mexican will start Sunday’s race from 13th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m very pleased and very grateful with the support I got from the team. It’s been very important for me to get into a rhythm. Obviously, it was a very big challenge to throw ourselves into a weekend at Detroit. A very difficult track and not knowing the car. This race was basically to get the rhythm, to find the speed and to complete the 70 laps and that goal today was achieved. We’re going to look for more for tomorrow’s race but we’re taking it step by step. It was a good day and a positive one because I could find more speed, more pace, I was more comfortable and more consistent. I feel very grateful with how everything went today.
Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet endured a tough session as he starts the race from 14th place for Team Penske just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Sebastian Saavedra in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 UFD Honda will start his home race from 16th place just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet.
Carlos Munoz in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevolet start the race from 18th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand who was the last driver to set a time during qualifying.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet starts the race from 20th place after hitting the wall hard heading into Turn 1 however he was unhurt in the incident. Ryan Hunter Reay did not set a time after he damaged his car following the opening practice session on Saturday having set the fastest time in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter did not participate in the session after missing out on technical inspection by six minutes. The team owner’s crew managed to get his car fixed following an incident in the opening session.