IndyCar cancels qualifying in New Orleans

IndyCar has been forced to abandon qualifying in New Orleans. The grid has been determined by owners points with series champ Will Power starting from second

IndyCar has been forced to abandon qualifying in New Orleans. The grid has been determined by owners points with series champ Will Power starting from second

An electrical storm has forced IndyCar to abandon qualifying for the maiden round at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans.

After a one hour delay, Group 1 was finally brought to life under threatening skies with Group 2 following shortly afterwards.

However the second Group was cut short in the closing minutes after lightning strikes near the circuit.

With qualifying incomplete, officials have decided to set the grid based on team owner points.

It will see the front row occupied by Juan Montoya and defending series champion Will Power with Chip Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan on the second row with Helio Castroneves.

Simon Pagenaud will see the four Team Penske cars in the top five positions.

The remainder of the top 10 sees Sebastien Bourdais start from sixth, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jack Hawksworth, Luca Filippi and Marco Andretti.

Bourdais (KVSH) had been fastest in Group 1 but was stripped of his two fastest laps for interference with Kanaan which has drawn considerable contention.

Carpenter/Fisher/Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden had posted the fastest time in Group 2 before the session was brought to a close.

New Orleans starting grid: Set by owners points

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevrolet

2

Will Power

Chevrolet

3

Tony Kanaan

Chevrolet

4

Helio Castroneves

Chevrolet

5

Simon Pagenaud

Chevrolet

6

Sebastien Bourdais

Chevrolet

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

8

Jack Hawksworth

Honda

9

Luca Filippi

Chevrolet

10

Marco Andretti

Honda

11

Graham Rahal

Honda

12

Josef Newgarden

Chevrolet

13

Takuma Sato

Honda

14

Carlos Munoz

Honda

15

Scott Dixon

Chevrolet

16

James Hinchcliffe

Honda

17

Gabby Chaves (R)

Honda

18

Simona De Silvestro

Honda

19

Sage Karam (R)

Chevrolet

20

Stefano Coletti (R)

Chevrolet

21

Charlie Kimball

Chevrolet

22

James Jakes

Honda

23

Francesco Dracone (R)

Honda

24

Carlos Huertas

Honda

 

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