Felix Rosenqvist fights for job with pole-winning run at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist continued to struggle for his seat within the IndyCar Sequence with a pole-winning run on the street course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Swede earned his second pole of the season with a run of 1 minute, 10.2265 seconds in Friday qualifying. It is the second pole of the season for Rosenqvist, who’s making the case for retaining his trip in IndyCar with Arrow McLaren SP.

The contract extension he just lately signed with McLaren Racing offers boss Zak Brown the power to shift Rosenqvist to System E subsequent season — however Rosenqvist would not wish to go away IndyCar. Brown has 4 present IndyCar drivers signed — Rosenqvist, Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and reigning champion Alex Palou — for 3 seats.

Rossi, who’s in his remaining season driving for Andretti Autosport, certified second for Saturday afternoon’s race. He’s shifting to Arrow McLaren subsequent 12 months when it expands to a few automobiles.

O’Ward, who gained Sunday at Iowa Speedway, certified third and rushed to hug teammate Rosenqvist after Rosenqvist edged him for the pole. O’Ward is lobbying laborious to maintain Rosenqvist as his teammate in IndyCar.

“It is an ideal staff end result,” O’Ward mentioned of the primary and third beginning spots for the Chevrolet staff.

“Tremendous completely happy to see that for Felix. He deserves that, he is been working tremendous laborious.”

Will Energy certified fourth for Group Penske and was adopted by teammate Josef Newgarden, who was medically cleared to compete earlier Friday. Newgarden collapsed and hit his head after crashing whereas main Sunday at Iowa.

Christian Lundgaard certified sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

The title race is a toss-up amongst six drivers separated by 44 factors with 5 races remaining. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson is the factors chief, however his automobile stalled throughout qualifying and he’ll begin final Saturday within the 25-car subject.

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