Conway scores his and Dale Coyne’s first pole for Detroit race 2

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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

Row 1
18-Mike Conway (Primary)
16-James Jakes (Primary)

Row 2
12-Will Power (Alternate)
1-Ryan Hunter-Reay (Primary)

Row 3
5-E.J. Viso (Primary)
77-Simon Pagenaud (Alternate)

Row 4
9-Scott Dixon (Primary)
19-Justin Wilson (Primary)

Row 5
3-Helio Castroneves (Primary)
27-James Hinchcliffe (Primary)

Row 6
6-Sebastian Saavedra (Primary)
2-AJ Allmendinger (Primary)

Row 7
4-Ryan Briscoe (Alternate)
25-Marco Andretti (Alternate)

Row 8
15-Graham Rahal (Alternate)
10-Dario Franchitti (Alternative)

Row 9
78-Simona de Silvestro (Alternate)
83-Charlie Kimball (Primary)

Row 10
11-Tony Kanaan (Alternate)
55-Tristan Vautier (Primary)

Row 11
14-Takuma Sato (Alternate)
7-Sebastien Bourdais (Alternate)

Row 12
20-Ed Carpenter (Primary)
67-Josef Newgarden (Alternate)

Row 13
98-Alex Tagliani (Alternate)

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.