Grosjean, Palou Make Up All Honda Front Row at Barber Motorsports Park

Hunt the Front

Romain Grosjean prevailed in an extremely tight final qualifying round Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park to claim his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole of the 2023 season, and third in four races for his Andretti Autosport Honda team.

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Meanwhile, 2021 Barber race winner Alex Palou qualified second-fastest in his Chip Ganassi Racing entry to make it an all-Honda front row for Sundays Childrens of Alabama Indy Grand Prix.

The third row of the 27-car starting field will also be all-Honda, with Chip Ganassi Racings Scott Dixon starting fifth; and Christian Lundgaard rounding out the top six for Rahal Letterman Lanigan in his best qualifying performance of 2023.

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Childrens of Alabama Indy Grand Prix Honda Qualifying Results

1st Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
5th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
6th Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
12th Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport Honda
13th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
14th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
16th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
17th David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
18th Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Autosport Honda
19th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
21st Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
23rd Sting Ray Robb-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
24th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
26th Marcus Armstrong-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

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Fast Facts

This is Hondas third pole in four rounds of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Romain Grosjean qualified first at both the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and today at Barber; while his Andretti Autosport teammate, Kyle Kirkwood, claimed the pole at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach enroute to his first win in the series.
Honda holds the early-season lead in the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers Championship, with two victories and three poles so far this season. Honda came to Barber Motorsports Park with a 32-point advantage (254-222) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers Championship in the last six years in 2023.
With a win at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Chip Ganassi Racings Marcus Ericsson came to Barber Motorsports Park leading the Drivers Championship points standings, with 15-point lead (110-95) over Pato OWard.


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