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Jun 01

Mike Conway wins pole for The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 2

Alex Tagliani 25th

Mike Conway - photo © IndyCar Series - Chris JonesMike Conway shows his talent on road/street courses again today, by putting the No. 18 Sonny’s BBQ – Dale Coyne Racing machine on pole for tomorrow’s second Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.  

Conway’s first IndyCar career pole and also the first for Dale Coyne Racing

With this weekend being made up of two races, qualifying for the second race was a slightly different format from normal. Qualifying groups were determined by the driver’s qualifying result for race one yesterday. Each group then had 15 minutes to produce their fastest time with the pole award being given to the best overall lap time. Odd-numbered grid positions are then occupied by the pole sitter’s group and even numbered by the other group.

Conway, who was in group two, went out on black tires originally and then switched to primary tires and recorded a quick lap of 78.0977 seconds on the 2.346-mile, 13-turn street course. Having not been in a car since April, he has shown how competitive he still is on road/street courses and will be looking to continue his success in the races later today and tomorrow.

“We’ve got really good starting position, with second and first, and we couldn’t have asked for much more coming into this weekend,” said Conway on how this weekend has gone. “I was hoping I’d make the Fast Six, but to do it as well as we’ve done is amazing. So big credit goes to the team and my teammate for giving us a good car.”

Commenting on qualifying today, he said. “We just had to hang out and see what we had and it was enough for pole. Excellent job by all the guys at the team at Dale Coyne for making this happen. We’re really, really happy and can’t wait to see how it goes.”

Former IndyCar winner and Manager to Conway, Mark Blundell added; “I am very happy for Mike. To have cut the deal on Tuesday, flown to Detroit on Wednesday and now be starting on the front row today and win pole for tomorrow is extremely impressive. I have managed Mike for seven years and this just shows everyone the talent that he has, it’s a great weekend.”

Race 1 of The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans is at 3:50pm ET today followed by Race 2 tomorrow at 3:50pm ET. Both races will be broadcast on ABC from 3:30pm ET.

source:  2mb Sports Management Ltd, 2mbsm.com, www.mikeconway.co.uk

** NOTE: Qualification results do not reflect grid penalties.

Qualification Results
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – Race 2
Pos. Driver Best Time Round
1 Mike Conway 1:18.0977 Qual – Group 2
2 James Jakes 1:18.1704 Qual – Group 1
3 Will Power 1:18.7035 Qual – Group 2
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:18.2294 Qual – Group 1
5 EJ Viso 1:18.7810 Qual – Group 2
6 Simon Pagenaud 1:18.8147 Qual – Group 1
7 Scott Dixon 1:18.7865 Qual – Group 2
8 Justin Wilson 1:18.9558 Qual – Group 1
9 Helio Castroneves 1:18.8366 Qual – Group 2
10 James Hinchcliffe 1:18.9742 Qual – Group 1
11 Sebastian Saavedra 1:19.0312 Qual – Group 2
12 AJ Allmendinger 1:19.4048 Qual – Group 1
13 Ryan Briscoe 1:19.2627 Qual – Group 2
14 Marco Andretti 1:19.4625 Qual – Group 1
15 Graham Rahal 1:19.5418 Qual – Group 2
16 Dario Franchitti 1:19.5554 Qual – Group 1
17 Simona De Silvestro 1:20.0460 Qual – Group 2
18 Charlie Kimball 1:19.6196 Qual – Group 1
19 Tony Kanaan 1:20.1511 Qual – Group 2
20 Tristan Vautier 1:19.7928 Qual – Group 1
21 Takuma Sato 1:20.1557 Qual – Group 2
22 Sebastien Bourdais 1:19.9175 Qual – Group 1
23 Ed Carpenter 1:22.5913 Qual – Group 2
24 Josef Newgarden 1:20.7274 Qual – Group 1
25 Alex Tagliani 1:22.4482 Qual – Group 1

Note: Pursuant to Rule 8.3.5, Car 98 best 2 lap times invalidated in their session.

source: indycar.com