IndyCar starting lineup for St. Pete Grand Prix


IndyCar St. Pete starting lineup: Team Penske led a supersonic qualifying session for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season opener, capturing the front row for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (noon ET, NBC).

Scott McLaughlin will start from the pole position ahead of Will Power, who qualified second but still set a track record of 59.3466 seconds (in Round 2) around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street course that shattered the 4-year-old mark of Jordan King (1 minute, 0.0476 seconds).

A dozen drivers clocked laps at under a minute, which stunned Power.

“That shows how far these cars and engines have come,” he said. “They’re pretty fast.”

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McLaughlin will be setting the pace at the green flag for the first time in 18 starts during his NTT IndyCar Series career. His previous best start was fifth in the May 15 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (his only top-10 starting position on road and street courses as a rookie last season).

Defending race winner Colton Herta will start third with the fastest Dallara-Honda.

There will be a 30-minute warmup Sunday at 8:45 a.m. ET on Peacock before the 2022 season begins with the green flag at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

Here’s the IndyCar starting lineup for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street circuit (qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses):


1. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 59.4821 (108.940 mph)
2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 59.6058 (108.714)


3. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 59.7104 (108.524)
4. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 59.8102 (108.343)


5. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 59.8116 (108.340)
6. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 1:00.2041 (107.634)


7. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 59.7579 (108.438)
8. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 59.8241 (108.318)


9. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 59.8862 (108.205)
10. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 59.9584 (108.075)


11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 59.9870 (108.023)
12. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 1:00.2616 (107.531)


13. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 59.9931 (108.012)
14. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 59.9521 (108.086)


15. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 1:00.0276 (107.950)
16. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 1:00.0021 (107.996)


17. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 1:00.1426 (107.744)
18. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 1:00.0850 (107.847)

ROW 10

19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1:00.2121 (107.620)
20. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 1:00.1921 (107.655)

ROW 11

21. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 1:00.3918 (107.299)
22. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 1:00.2930 (107.475)

ROW 12

23. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 1:00.5333 (107.049)
24. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 1:00.4601 (107.178)

ROW 13

25. (11) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 1:00.9391 (106.336)
26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 1:01.0273 (106.182)

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III