Detroit IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya on pole as qualifying halted

Juan Pablo Montoya will start race two of IndyCar's Detroit double-header from pole after Sunday morning's qualifying session was rained out, forcing the grid to be set by entrant points

Detroit IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya on pole as qualifying halted

Montoya had gone out in the first group, which managed to complete almost of its allocated 20 minutes of running time before James Jakes brought out the reds with a late trip into the wall.

At that point Ganassi's Sage Karam was on provisional pole, while Montoya, who had led much of the session, had been bumped back to fifth, which would have translated into a fifth-row start if the entire field had been able to complete qualifying.

However the rain worsened as the second group headed out.

Series officials initially tried to sweep away the worst of the standing water in an attempt to complete the session as scheduled before eventually conceding defeat.

It's the second time that Montoya has earned pole on entrant points this year, the first having come following the washed-out qualifying session at NOLA.

Karam, on the other hand, will drop from what would have been a guaranteed front-row start to the rear end of the grid.

"It is what it is," said Montoya. "I felt like we had a really good car in that session.

"We were P1, came in to make a change, and then we had the red flag.

"It's good to be in front, but at the same time, when you're leading you're the guinea pig."

Will Power, who was in the second group, will line up alongside Montoya for an all-Penske front row.

"Definitely good to start from the front, especially if it starts wet because it's very difficult to see back in the pack," he said.

"Not much to talk about [from qualifying]. I only did one lap."

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda
6 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
7 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
8 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
10 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda
11 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
13 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
15 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda
16 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda
17 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
18 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda
19 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda
20 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
21 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet
22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda
23 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda

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