St. Petersburg starting lineup: Romain Grosjean on pole, Colton Herta second


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Romain Grosjean earned his second career IndyCar pole position, besting Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta for the top spot in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete.

The Frenchman turned a lap of 59.553 seconds in the No. 28 Dallara-Honda around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street course through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We worked really hard on the car,” Grosjean told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider. “Same as last year, we were really good at the end of the year. We got here, and I said to the boys, ‘Yeah, we’ve got something.’ We pulled it out.”

The Formula One veteran, whose last pole came nearly two years ago as a rookie on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, is entering his second full season in IndyCar after finishing a disappointing 13th in the points standings last year with Andretti Autosport.

“I knew last year something was just not coming my way,” said Grosjean, who celebrated with his three children and wife (the family relocated from Europe to Miami more than a year ago). “We worked hard, and we found something.

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“It’s kind of a home race. We’ve got 100 laps tomorrow to make it happen.”

Herta qualified second (59.687 seconds) and was nearly a half-second off the pace in an uncharacteristically poor final lap.

“On that last lap, I was useless as gum on a boot heel,” Herta, who won from the pole position at St. Pete in 2021, told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee. “We’re still in a great spot. It’s a pole we definitely could have gotten. I just made a mess of the lap.”

Team owner Michael Andretti still was satisfied after three of his Dallara-Hondas made the Fast Six final round with Kyle Kirkwood (making his Andretti IndyCar debut) joining Grosjean and Herta.

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“I think we really studied ourselves and got real honest with ourselves where we needed to improve,” said Andretti, whose team won only twice last year. “I think we’ve done it. Obviously the race is going to be another thing. Hopefully we can have all four cars go through the race without making a mistake. If that happens, I think we have a great shot at winning.”

Pato O’Ward qualified third for Arrow McLaren in the fastest performance by a Chevrolet.

“Man, those Andretti cars are quick around here,” O’Ward told NBC Sports’ Dave Burns. “We knew that coming in the weekend. The (McLaren) team arrived with such a good package. Last year, we truly started on the back foot. We’ve got a car to fight with (Sunday). I’m really, really happy with it.”

Marcus Ericsson qualified fourth, followed by Kirkwood, who crashed in Turn 10, and defending race winner Scott McLaughlin, who went off course early in trying for his second consecutive pole at St. Pete.

Kirkwood was confident after nerfing the Turn 14 wall because of a tailwind.

“It’s a little bit sketch, and I got around the corner and couldn’t get the tire to get unlocked,” he said. “Disappointed. It’s less than ideal. Ultimately, we’re in the Fast Six with three cars (for Andretti). Definitely happy with that.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Josef Newgarden, who qualified 14th after failing to advance from the first round by 0.04 seconds. The two-time series champion, who won at St. Pete in 2019, stormed back to the paddock after exiting his No. 2 Chevy.

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


1. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 59.5532 (108.810 mph)
2. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 59.9687 (108.056)


3. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 1:00.0163 (107.971)
4. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 1:00.4435 (107.208)


5. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, No Time (No Speed)
6. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, No Time (No Speed)


7. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 59.7781 (108.401)
8. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 59.7971 (108.366)


9. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 59.8010 (108.359)
10. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 59.9482 (108.093)


11. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 59.9618 (108.069)
12. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 1:00.0040 (107.993)

ROW 7 

13. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 1:00.3158 (107.435)
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 1:00.0605 (107.891)


15. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 1:00.5049 (107.099)
16. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 1:00.0796 (107.857)


17. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 1:00.5301 (107.054)
18. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 1:00.1798 (107.677)

ROW 10

19. (30) Jack Harvey, Honda, 1:00.7270 (106.707)
20. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 1:00.3714 (107.336)

ROW 11

21. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 1:01.0692 (106.109)
22. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1:00.3868 (107.308)

ROW 12

23. (51) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 1:02.3711 (103.894)
24. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 1:00.4831 (107.137)

ROW 13

25. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 6:37.4112 (16.306)
26. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 1:00.6066 (106.919)

ROW 14

27. (55) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 01:01.4355 (105.476)

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

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Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s