IndyCar Detroit Race 2 qualifying scrubbed; field set by entrant points


DETROIT – Worsening track conditions have prompted the cancellation of qualifying for today’s second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, Round 8 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Juan Pablo Montoya will have the pole position based on entrant points after Saturday’s Round 7.

Sage Karam, who had been fastest in his group, which ran in wet conditions that weren’t as bad as the ones faced by group two, will start much further back.

Karam had this to tweet:

Montoya, meanwhile, dropped the standard “it is what it is” line several times during the post-qualifying press conference.

Here’s the grid as we think it will be based on entrant points:

1 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy
2 1 Will Power Chevy
3 3 Helio Castroneves Chevy
4 9 Scott Dixon Chevy
5 15 Graham Rahal Honda
6 67 Josef Newgarden Chevy
7 27 Marco Andretti Honda
8 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevy
9 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevy
10 5 Conor Daly Honda
11 26 Carlos Munoz Honda
12 83 Charlie Kimball Chevy
13 10 Tony Kanaan Chevy
14 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda
15 14 Takuma Sato Honda
16 7 James Jakes Honda
17 20 Luca Filippi Chevy
18 98 Gabby Chaves Honda
19 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda
20 8 Sage Karam Chevy
21 4 Stefano Coletti Chevy
22 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez Honda
23 19 Tristan Vautier Honda

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”