Felix Rosenqvist Secures Pole Position for 2024 IndyCar Race at Long Beach

Felix Rosenqvist secures pole position for the 2024 IndyCar race at Long Beach, narrowly edging out Will Power. This marks a significant milestone for Rosenqvist and his team, Meyer Shank Racing, setting the stage for an exciting race on Sunday.

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Felix Rosenqvist Secures Pole Position for 2024 IndyCar Race at Long Beach

Felix Rosenqvist Secures Pole Position for 2024 IndyCar Race at Long Beach

Felix Rosenqvist of Meyer Shank Racing secured pole position for the 2024 IndyCar race at the Streets of Long Beach, California, with a lap time of 1:06.0172 (107.317 mph), narrowly edging out Will Power by 0.0039 seconds. This marks Rosenqvist's first pole position for Meyer Shank Racing, the team he joined after the 2023 season, and the team's first-ever IndyCar pole, not counting the exhibition round at The Thermal Club last month.

Power, the all-time leader in IndyCar poles with 70, will start second, followed by his teammate Josef Newgarden, who set the third fastest time. Colton Herta and Marcus Ericsson of Andretti Autosport qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, with Alex Palou rounding out the Firestone Fast Six.

The qualifying session was intense, with close margins throughout. Rosenqvist described it as a "hard-fought one" where he had to "flirt with the walls" on every lap. Power expressed satisfaction at making it to the Firestone Fast Six again, stating that he couldn't find any mistakes in his own lap and that it was "about as good as I can do."

Christian Lundgaard missed out on the Fast Six by 0.019 seconds and will start seventh, while Kyle Kirkwood and Alexander Rossi were surprising omissions from the final round of qualifying. Theo Pourchaire, making his IndyCar debut, secured the 22nd starting position.

Why this matters: The pole position at the iconic Streets of Long Beach circuit is a prestigious achievement in the IndyCar Series. Rosenqvist's success marks a significant milestone for both the driver and Meyer Shank Racing in their first season together, setting the stage for an exciting race on Sunday.

The 85-lap event is scheduled to take place shortly after noon Pacific time on Sunday. With a tight field and the unpredictable nature of street circuit racing, the 2024 IndyCar race at Long Beach promises to deliver thrilling competition among the top drivers and teams in the series. As Rosenqvist stated, "This is a hard-fought pole. You have to flirt with the walls on every lap."

Key Takeaways

  • Felix Rosenqvist secured pole position for the 2024 IndyCar race at Long Beach.
  • Will Power will start second, followed by Josef Newgarden in third.
  • Qualifying was intense, with Rosenqvist describing it as a "hard-fought one".
  • Christian Lundgaard missed the Firestone Fast Six by 0.019 seconds.
  • The 85-lap race on Sunday promises thrilling competition on the street circuit.