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Rossi scores pole for Detroit Race 2 in wet qualifying

Rossi Detroit 2018 Pole

Alexander Rossi celebrates scoring the pole for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. Photo: IndyCar

Chris Owens

A very wet qualifying for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit saw Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi master the tricky conditions enough to secure his second pole of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Rossi’s best lap of 1:33.314 bettered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Robert Wickens by nearly three tenths of a second - Wickens’ best lap was a 1:33.660.

Team Penske’s Will Power will start third, with the Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Ed Jones and Race 1 winner Scott Dixon completing the top five.

Like for Race 1, qualifying for Race 2 saw the field split into two groups, with the fastest driver overall between the two groups taking the pole, and the remaining drivers in his group assuming the odd-numbered positions on the grid.

With Rossi in Group 2, that means all of the Group 2 drivers will take third, fifth, seventh, and so on for the starting grid.

Wickens, in Group 1, leads the even-numbered grid slots, starting second, with the rest of group taking fourth, sixth, eighth, and so on.

Of note: Tony Kanaan (Group 1) and Josef Newgarden (Group 2) brought out red flags in their respective sessions, meaning that each lost their two fastest laps.

And, Juncos Racing elected not to run Rene Binder, fearing conditions put them at too big of a risk for damaging the car, which may have prevented them from starting Race 2.

Qualifying results are below. Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit rolls off at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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