Good morning from beautiful Belle Isle Park, located between the cities of Detroit, Michigan USA and Windsor, Ontario CAN! The isle is quickly coming to life, preparing for IndyCar qualifications at 8:35 AM EST for Dual I of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Setroit. I have for you the qualification groups and a quick breakdown of how the qualification process will work for the season’s first doubleheader.
Normally, race qualifications take place the day prior to the race itself. During a doubleheader, that changes. The qualification for each race takes place the morning of raceday. The qualification breakdown is as follows:
The field is split into two groups – this is done as evenly as possible and this weekend with a field of 22, we have 11 drivers in each group.
Group 1 for Dual I consists of Simon Pagenaud (#77 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), Helio Castroneves (#3 – Team Penske), Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 – Andretti Autosport), Takuma Sato (#14 – AJ Foyt Racing), Ryan Briscoe (#8 – Ganassi Racing), Tony Kanaan (#10 – Ganassi Racing), Sebastian Saavedra (#17 – KV Racing), Justin Wilson (#19 – Dale Coyne Racing), Jack Hawksworth (#98 – Bryan Herta Autosport), Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 – Team Penske), and Sebastien Bourdais (#11 – KV Racing).
Group 2 for Dual I consists of Mike Conway (#20 – Ed Carpenter Racing), Will Power (#12 – Team Penske), Scott Dixon (#9 – Ganassi Racing), James Hinchcliffe (#27 – Andretti Autosport), Graham Rahal (#15 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Carlos Munoz (#34 – Andretti Autosport), Josef Newgarden (#67 – Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing), Marco Andretti (#25 – Andretti Autosport), Carlos Huertas (#18 – Dale Coyne Racing), Charlie Kimball (#83 – Ganassi Racing), and Mikhail Aleshin (#7 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports).
Each group will take to the track for 10 minutes a piece (this includes any yellow flags that come into play). The top 6 speeds of each group will then advance to the next round. The remaining cars will fill spots 13-22 with Group 1 cars taking the odd-number positions and Group 2 taking the even-numbered positions.
The 12 advancing cars will have a 10-minute track session with the the 6 fastest speeds advancing to the final round of qualification, “The Firestone Fast Six”. These six drivers will battle it out for the Verizon P1 Award for Dual I.
There will be a different format for qualifying tomorrow for Dual II and I will go over that tomorrow morning.
I get a lot of questions about the qualifying format from fans new & old so I hope that this helps with breaking down how things work. If you guys ever have any questions or want clarification on something related to the Verizon IndyCar Series, please do not hesitate to contact me via any of the methods below!
Stay up to date on everything happening with the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit by bookmarking my author page, liking my public page on Facebook & following me on Twitter! I’ll be here all weekend bringing you live updates and fun event details!