Marco Andretti got his first pole position in almost five years, when he came out of Group 2 qualifying with a time almost half a second faster than his closest opposition.
The Andretti-Herta Autosport-Honda rider danced the # 98 cars around the 2.35-mile road course in 1min14.8514sec, defeating Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda Robert Wickens by 0.4753sec and, Andretti's partner Ryan Hunter -Reay for 0.4837sec.
The clbadification system for Detroit double header has the field split in half, each group gets 12 minutes, with the fastest group lined up 1-3-5-7- etc. the slowest group at 2-4-6-8- etc. Andretti will join in the front row for Scott Dixon of Chip Ganbadi Racing-Honda, who led Group 1 with a lap of 1min 15.4186c, just 0.076sec ahead of Alexander Rossi.
Thanks to being the third fastest in that first group, Will Power will run sixth fastest, fastest Penske driver and also the fastest driven by Chevrolet. After setting the group's fastest time in the main compound, the Indy 500 winner hit the traffic while his & # 39; reds & # 39; alternates were at their peak, and their 1min15.7210 would never be enough to avoid Dixon and Rossi
Last year's winner of the two Detroit races, Graham Rahal, will start eighth, while Carlin Racing-Chevrolet Max Chilton he deserves a special mention for finishing Group 1 on P5, beating current Penske champion Josef Newgarden. Chilton will therefore start 10 th the highest position of the rookie gang.
IndyCar debutant Santino Ferrucci will start 18 th at # 19 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda.
The first race starts today at 3:45 p.m. local time (east). Grid ordered at the bottom of this page.
Therefore, the grid order will be:
1 Marco Andretti, Andretti-Herta Autosport-Honda
2 Scott Dixon, Chip Ganbadi Racing-Honda
3 Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda
4 Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport-Honda
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport-Honda  6 Will Power, Team Penske-Chevrolet
7 Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
8 Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
9 James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda
10 Max Chilton, Carlin Racing-Chevrolet
11 Ed Jones, Chip Ganbadi Racing-Honda
12 Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
13 Simon Pagenaud, Penske-Chevrolet
14 Josef Newgarden, Penske-Chevrolet  17] 15 Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
16 Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport-Honda
17 Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing-Honda
18 Santino Ferrucci, Dale Coyne Racing-Honda
19 Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing-Chevrolet
20 Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
21 Matheus Leist, AJ Foyt Racing -Chevrolet
22 Charlie Kimball Carlin Racing-Chevrolet
23 Rene Binder, Juncos Racing-Chevrolet