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Detroit: Qualifying times (2)

1 June 2013

Dale Coyne Racing's Mike Conway added a pole position for the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, to go along with the front row he'd already clinched for Saturday's first event in the double-header.

A late flying lap of 1:18.0977s (108.326mph) in his qualifying group put him 0.0727s ahead of the provisional pole time set by Rahal Letterman Lanigan's James Jakes in the first Race 2 qualifying session. That meant the Brit will start from pole on his first weekend with the team after being called up to replace Ana Beatriz. Jakes - who benefited from his session being red flagged early by a spinning Alex Tagliani - will start alongside him on the front row.

Qualifying for Race 2 took place on Saturday morning in place of the half hour practice session that would otherwise have been run. The field was split into two groups according to their positions in Friday's single practice with those in odd-numbered positions in one group and those in even-numbered positions in the other. The two groups each had 12 minutes of track time with at least five minutes of green track time guaranteed. Pole position went to the driver with the best overall time; the rest of his group would line up behind him in time order for the start of Race 2 in the odd-numbered grid positions and the remaining group forming up the other column in the even-numbered positions.

(Qualifying for Race 1 had taken place on Friday afternoon and followed the regular three-round format for road and street circuits (a two-group Round 1, a Top 12 Round 2 and culminating in thee Firestone Fast Six.) Dario Franchitti won pole but will start from 11th place after serving a penalty for an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis. (See separate story.)

Group 1

Group 1 got underway after a brief delay for a clean-up. The track was still drying out in sunny conditions after early morning showers, but everyone was able to run on slick tyres. Ryan Hunter-Reay slowed and pulled off track in the run-off at turn 3 mid-session with fuel pressure problems, but he was able to park behind the wall without causing a stoppage - which is more than could be said for the spin by Alex Tagliani which left the #98 stalled between turns 4 and 5 and brought out a red flag for retrieval. Tagliani's two fastest lap times were deleted for causing the premature end to the session, which left James Jakes the unlikely polesitter-presumptive, now depending whether Group 2 beat his target laptime of 1:18.1704s.

1. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 108.225mph 1:18.1704s (5 laps)
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 108.143mph 1:18.2294s + 0.0590s (3 laps)
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 107.340mph 1:18.8147s + 0.6443s (5 laps)
4. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 107.149mph 1:18.9558s + 0.7854s (5 laps)
5. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 107.124mph 1:18.9742s + 0.8038s (5 laps)
6. #2 AJ Allmendinger Penske (C) 106.543mph 1:19.4048s + 1.2344s (5 laps)
7. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 106.465mph 1:19.4625s + 1.2921s (4 laps)
8. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 106.341mph 1:19.5554s + 1.3850s (5 laps)
9. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 106.255mph 1:19.6196s + 1.4492s (5 laps)
10. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) 106.025mph 1:19.7928s + 1.6224s (5 laps)
11. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 105.859mph 1:19.9175s + 1.7471s (4 laps)
12. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 104.797mph 1:20.7274s + 2.5570s (5 laps)
13. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 102.610mph 1:22.4482s + 4.2778s (4 laps)

Total laps: 60

Group 2

There was less tendency to sit in pit lane during the first half of Group 2's track time, and instead everyone was out quickly in order to start setting some banker times in case the same red flag awaited this part of qualifying as befell Group 1. In fact, the 12-minute stint proceeded without incident. EJ Viso led at the halfway point with a lap of 1:18.7810s still well short of Jakes' target pole time from earlier; Will Power shaved a little off Viso's time but it was Mike Conway's late flier that handed him pole for Race 2 on Sunday.

1. #18 Mike Conway Dale Coyne (H) 108.326mph 1:18.0977s (7 laps)
2. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 107.492mph 1:18.7035s + 0.6058s (7 laps)
3. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 107.386mph 1:18.7810s + 0.6833s (7 laps)
4. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 107.379mph 1:18.7865s + 0.6888s (8 laps)
5. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 107.311mph 1:18.8366s + 0.7389s (7 laps)
6. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) 107.046mph 1:19.0312s + 0.9335s (8 laps)
7. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) 106.734mph 1:19.2627s + 1.1650s (7 laps)
8. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 106.359mph 1:19.5418s + 1.4441s (8 laps)
9. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C) 105.689mph 1:20.0460s + 1.9483s (6 laps)
10. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 105.551mph 1:20.1511s + 2.0534s (5 laps)
11. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 105.545mph 1:20.1557s + 2.0580s (7 laps)
12. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) 102.432mph 1:22.5913s + 4.4936s (6 laps)

Total laps: 83

Race 2 starting grid - unofficial

1. #18 Mike Conway Dale Coyne (H) 108.326mph 1:18.0977s - Group 2
2. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 108.225mph 1:18.1704s - Group 1
3. #12 Will Power Penske (C) - Group 2
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) - Group 1
5. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) - Group 2
6. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) - Group 1
7. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) - Group 2
8. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) - Group 1
9. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) - Group 2
10. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) - Group 1
11. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) - Group 2
12. #2 AJ Allmendinger Penske (C) - Group 1
13. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) - Group 2
14. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) - Group 1
15. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) - Group 2
16. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) - Group 1
17. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C) - Group 2
18. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) - Group 1
19. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) - Group 2
20. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) - Group 1
21. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) - Group 2
22. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) - Group 1
23. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) - Group 2
24. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) - Group 1
25. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) - Group 1


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