Palou on IndyCar pole after qualifying canceled

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Alex Palou will begin on the pole for the IndyCar Collection’ first oval race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway after qualifying was canceled Saturday due to in a single day rain and morning mist.

The one scheduled follow session earlier than the 2 races over consecutive days on the 1½-mile, high-banked oval was pushed again almost two hours whereas officers labored to dry the monitor below principally overcast skies.

When follow began, IndyCar stated qualifying was canceled and the sphere for Saturday evening’s race could be set by championship entrant factors.

The scheduled begin of the race was additionally moved up a couple of half hour to six:10 p.m. CT time as a result of the possibilities of rain have been forecast to extend later Saturday night.

Two-time Texas winner Will Power of Group Penske can be on the entrance row. Scott Dixon, Palou’s teammate with Chip Ganassi Racing, will begin third. Dixon has gained 4 instances at Texas, together with final June within the pandemic-delayed 2020 season opener with out followers on the monitor.

Colton Herta, who gained final week at St. Petersburg, Florida, begins fourth, forward of Simon Pagenaud and Jack Harvey.

IndyCar is opening Might with a deliberate 690 miles of racing in Texas on the third consecutive weekend of racing for the collection.

The Saturday evening race was set for 212 laps, or 318 miles. There may be one other 248-lap race (372 miles) scheduled late Sunday afternoon, when rain was forecast to be out of the realm.

Tony Kanaan, who must begin behind the 24-car area in his 2021 season debut, had the quickest lap in follow at 220.173 mph. Kanaan is driving the oval races within the No. 48 for Ganassi, the automotive that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is racing on street and road circuits.

Pato O’Ward had the second-fastest follow lap at 219.934 mph, simply forward of reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato‘s lap of 219.868 mph.

Pole sitter Palou was eleventh in follow at 218.105 mph, and Energy sixteenth at 216.560 mph.

Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time Method One champion and two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, was twenty fourth on the velocity chart throughout follow at 213.401 mph. That is the primary IndyCar race since 2018 for the youthful Fittipaldi, who is ready to drive the 4 ovals for Dale Coyne Racing within the No. 51 automotive.