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IndyCar grid at Laguna Seca: Alex Palou leads Honda in qualifying

At a track where he has scored some of his biggest victories in IndyCar, defending champion Alex Palou took pole position for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

The No. 10 Dallara-Honda driver turned a lap of 1 minute, 7.1465 seconds at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, putting him 0.0739 seconds ahead of the No. 27 Dallara-Honda of Kyle Kirkwood.

“It was very tough, very tight throughout qualifying to get into the Fast Six,” Palou told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch. “It was very difficult because of the track conditions. As soon as there was some wind, you couldn’t really finish the lap because there was no grip.

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“But really happy. The car was on track today, so hopefully we get a clean start in the first few laps and not a lot of cautions to mess up our strategies. I’m looking forward to it, the car was great this weekend.”

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Felix Rosenqvist qualified third while Hondas took the top four and five of the top six. Arrow McLaren’s Alexander Rossi was the only Chevrolet driver to reach the final qualifying round.

It is the second pole position of the season for Palou, who is five points behind Will Power (who qualified 15th) in the championship standings going into Sunday’s race (6 p.m. ET, USA and Peacock).

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Last year, Palou finished third at Laguna Seca’s final race as the IndyCar season finale while celebrating his second title. In 2022, the Spaniard dominated, winning by almost a lap on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.

Kirkwood will start the season second, his best qualifying performance since winning from pole position at Long Beach last year.

In his Arrow McLaren debut, Nolan Siegel qualified 23rd for his third career IndyCar.

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Here is the IndyCar starting lineup for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, on an 11-turn, 2.238-mile course in Monterey, California (qualifying position, driver, car number in brackets, engine, time and speed):


ROW 1

1. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 1 minute, 7.1465 seconds (119.988 mph)
2. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 1:07.2204 (119.856)

ROW 2

3. (60) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 1:07.2917 (119.729)
4. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 1:07.2972 (119.720)

ROW 3

5. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 1:07.3594 (119.609)
6. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 1:07.5112 (119.340)

ROW 4

7. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 1:07.3994 (119.538)
8. (77) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 1:07.4286 (119.486)

ROW 5

9. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 1:07.4900 (119.378)
10. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 1:07.5874 (119.206)

ROW 6

11. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 1:07.6143 (119.158)
12. (66) David Malukas, Honda, 1:07.8422 (118.758)

ROW 7

13. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 1:07.8976 (118.661)
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 1:07.7246 (118.964)

ROW 8

15. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 1:08.0178 (118.451)
16. (8) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 1:07.8056 (118.822)

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ROW 9

17. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 1:08.0344 (118.422)
18. (28) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 1:07.9233 (118.616)

ROW 10

19. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 1:08.0922 (118.322)
20. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 1:07.9897 (118.500)

ROW 11

21. (20) Christian Rasmussen, Chevrolet, 1:08.3711 (117.839)
22. (4) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 1:08.1571 (118.209)

ROW 12

23. (6) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 1:08.6785 (117.312)
24. (30) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 1:08.1824 (118.165)

ROW 13

25. (41) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 1:09.1304 (116.545)
26. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 1:08.4730 (117.664)

ROW 14

27. (51) Luca Ghiotto, Honda, 1:08.5078 (117.604)

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