Rossi scores pole for Detroit Race 2 in wet qualifying

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A very wet qualifying for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit saw Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi master the tricky conditions enough to secure his second pole of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Rossi’s best lap of 1:33.314 bettered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Robert Wickens by nearly three tenths of a second – Wickens’ best lap was a 1:33.660.

Team Penske’s Will Power will start third, with the Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Ed Jones and Race 1 winner Scott Dixon completing the top five.

Like for Race 1, qualifying for Race 2 saw the field split into two groups, with the fastest driver overall between the two groups taking the pole, and the remaining drivers in his group assuming the odd-numbered positions on the grid.

With Rossi in Group 2, that means all of the Group 2 drivers will take third, fifth, seventh, and so on for the starting grid.

Wickens, in Group 1, leads the even-numbered grid slots, starting second, with the rest of group taking fourth, sixth, eighth, and so on.

Of note: Tony Kanaan (Group 1) and Josef Newgarden (Group 2) brought out red flags in their respective sessions, meaning that each lost their two fastest laps.

And, Juncos Racing elected not to run Rene Binder, fearing conditions put them at too big of a risk for damaging the car, which may have prevented them from starting Race 2.

Qualifying results are below. Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit rolls off at 3:30 p.m. ET.



Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.