By: Spencer Neff
March 19, 2022
Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist exercised some demons from past runs at TMS and a frustrating 2021 debut with the team on Saturday. With a two-lap average of 221.110 mph (46.8906 two-lap time), the Varmao, Sweden native earned the pole for Sunday’s XPEL 375.
It is Rosenqvist’s second career pole (Indianapolis Road Course-2019) and his first on an oval. Previously, his best qualifying effort on an oval was seventh (Iowa Race 1-2020). That year he qualified ninth at Texas, his previous best start. In four prior starts, his best finish was 12th in 2019,
The No. 7 entry will lead the 27-car field to the green flag alongside Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske, who will look to start off 2022 with a second consecutive win. Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato was the quickest of the Honda-powered entries in third behind the two Chevrolets.
Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean (13th) was first among the seven drivers making there debut at the speedway this weekend. His teammate Devlin DeFrancesco (17th) was best among the drivers eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.
This morning’s leader in practice, Simon Pagenaud, will roll off the grid 15th for Meyer Shank Racing. With qualifying complete, here is a look at the remaining weekend schedule.
At-track schedule (All times local/Central Time):
Saturday, March 19
4-4:30 Special Practice
4:45-5:45 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES final practice, Peacock Premium
Sunday, March 20
11:30 a.m. NBC on air
11:40 a.m. “Drivers, start your engines”
11:45 a.m. XPEL 375 (248 laps / 372 miles), NBC (Live)
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