Mike Conway has scored his, and the Dale Coyne Racing team’s, first career pole position in the IZOD IndyCar Series with a late flier in qualifying for the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit.
Conway was in the second group, and began the 12-minute session with Firestone’s black tires before switching to the softer red alternates later on. He got down to a 1:18.0977 on the reds, the fastest lap of the weekend around the 2.346-mile street course, and nearly seven tenths ahead of Will Power in the session.
“We weren’t sure if we wanted to go onto the reds, but we went for it,” said the driver of the No. 18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda. “The approach here is the same as Long Beach. Driving the sports cars helped a little bit. You just run, get laps, and get going.”
James Jakes continued his excellent weekend to this point, bettering his grid position for Saturday’s first race by one. He qualified third on Friday for race one, then led his group in the morning to line up second with a time of 1:18.1704 in the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.
“It’s a shame we didn’t get more laps in,” Jakes admitted. “The balance wasn’t great yesterday but we worked overnight to make some changes, and they worked out well.
“I need to find Conway’s hotel since he’s spoiling the party,” he added, jokingly.
Will Power lines up third , with Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso set to line up in the top five for race two.
The unofficial grid for tomorrow’s race is below. It will go green at 3:50 p.m. ET on Sunday; check your local listings. The grid for race one, which goes green at 3:50 p.m. ET today, is linked here.
UPDATE (2:15 p.m. ET, Sunday): Tire designations for Dual 2 are now below.
IZOD IndyCar Series – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans 2
Unofficial Starting Lineup
18-Mike Conway (Primary)
16-James Jakes (Primary)
12-Will Power (Alternate)
1-Ryan Hunter-Reay (Primary)
5-E.J. Viso (Primary)
77-Simon Pagenaud (Alternate)
9-Scott Dixon (Primary)
19-Justin Wilson (Primary)
3-Helio Castroneves (Primary)
27-James Hinchcliffe (Primary)
6-Sebastian Saavedra (Primary)
2-AJ Allmendinger (Primary)
4-Ryan Briscoe (Alternate)
25-Marco Andretti (Alternate)
15-Graham Rahal (Alternate)
10-Dario Franchitti (Alternative)
78-Simona de Silvestro (Alternate)
83-Charlie Kimball (Primary)
11-Tony Kanaan (Alternate)
55-Tristan Vautier (Primary)
14-Takuma Sato (Alternate)
7-Sebastien Bourdais (Alternate)
20-Ed Carpenter (Primary)
67-Josef Newgarden (Alternate)
98-Alex Tagliani (Alternate)