Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe

NOLA IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya on pole as storm stops qualifying

Electrical storms forced the cancellation of qualifying for the IndyCar race at NOLA, meaning that Juan Pablo Montoya will start from pole position in a field set by entrant points

All cars managed to set a time: the first group in the opening phase completed a full session after a delayed start, however the second group managed only a handful of laps before lightning forced the session to be red-flagged.

The result is a huge break for Montoya and Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves, who had failed to progress from their opening group and were facing the prospect of starting the race from near the back of the grid.

It also represents what might be interpreted as a touch of poetic justice for Sebastien Bourdais, who had topped the times in the opening group only to be docked his two fastest laps after race control determined that he had blocked Tony Kanaan while recovering from a spin.

The decision was protested vigorously by KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser, and with some justification: heavy spray thrown up from the wet track had impeded the Frenchman's view of what was behind him, and he had moved over to allow Kanaan past a few moments later.

Kanaan finished the session second-fastest in the group, and would have progressed anyway.

The switch to a line-up based upon entrant points means that Bourdais will now start sixth on a grid where the first three rows will be filled by Chevrolet-powered drivers.

Will Power will join Montoya on the front row, with Kanaan, Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud behind him.

Those adversely affected include Charlie Kimball, who was set to progress from the second group but will instead start from 21st, and Ganassi team-mate Sage Karam, who was similarly well-placed and will instead line up 19th.

STARTING GRID:

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

Be part of the Autosport community

Join the conversation
Previous article NOLA IndyCar: Scott Dixon leads practice three for Ganassi
Next article NOLA IndyCar: Schmidt's James Hinchcliffe wins with strategy gamble

Top Comments

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe