ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin. – Alexander Rossi has won his first pole in three years and will now try to break a series of defeats that goes back to the same.
Rossi will start from pole on Sunday at Road America, the place of his last victory in the IndyCar Series 44 races ago on June 23, 2019.
“It’s pretty crazy to think that so much time has passed,” Rossi said.
Rossi took a lap in Saturday’s qualifying of 1 minute and 44.8656 seconds in the permanent 14-lap, 4,048-mile course, considered one of the best in the world. His return put Andretti Autosport driver on pole for the first time since Belle Isle in 2019, three weeks before his last victory.
“We haven’t been in this position in a long time,” Rossi said. “It’s amazing. It’s great. We’ll enjoy it, but we have work to do.”
The American became the eighth winner of the different pole through eight qualifying sessions, the most even since 1961 for IndyCar. There were nine different pole winners that season.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden finished second and was followed by Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Alex Palou, the current champion of the series, and Marcus Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 Miles.
Andretti’s Colton Herta was fifth to give Honda four drivers in the top five, while Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward joined Newgarden as the only Chevrolets to advance to the Fast Six qualifying round.
IndyCar points leader Will Power, who returned to the top after his victory last weekend in Detroit, failed to get out of the top group and qualified 15º. IndyCar has never had a winner since 13, made by Alex Tagliani in 2004.
Simona de Silvestro, making her first outing of the season, ranked 27th and last in the field as she adapts to her first IndyCar road race since 2015. She and Tatiana Calderón give IndyCar a pair of women in the same race for the first time . since the end of the 2013 season.
Rossi, meanwhile, has been on a roll for the past three weeks.
He finished fifth in the Indianapolis 500 Miles and was runner-up to Power last week in Detroit. He also confirmed last week that he will leave Andretti Autosport at the end of his seventh season to drive for McLaren next year.
“I don’t think there’s any revelation. We’re not doing anything different,” Rossi said. “Mistakes are minimized, chaotic events, minus a clutch that exploded this morning, have been relatively under control.”
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Rossi was the fastest in Road America to get the first pole since 2019
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