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IndyCar Texas qualifying canned, starting line-up explained

May 1 2021
By Jack Benyon

Returning legend Tony Kanaan topped an extended practice session at IndyCar’s first oval outing of the season at Texas, while qualifying has been cancelled meaning the championship standings will now decide the grid order for each race.

A rain delay halted practice by over an hour and a half, and IndyCar elected to cancel qualifying and extend practice to 90 minutes instead.

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Once started, the session went unaffected in terms of rain and no one made the costly mistake of crashing, which could have jeopardised getting a car repaired in time – something that happened to Takuma Sato after his qualifying crash last year.

Kanaan is taking over the #48 Chip Ganassi Racing car usually driven by Jimmie Johnson for his first outing of the season, and topped the timesheets for the majority of the session. His lap was 220.173mph on the 1.5-mile oval.

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Patricio O’Ward (below) for Arrow McLaren SP and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Sato rounded out the top three, with last year’s winner Scott Dixon in fourth.

The first half of the session was quiet as drivers didn’t feel they had enough tyres in their allocation to run for 90 minutes of practice.

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A number of changes have been brought in for the Texas race this weekend and drivers cycled through those adding to their knowledge from the Texas test at the end of March.

New aero parts are available to use including a small bargeboard and a smaller hole in the floor than usual, which has increased downforce with the intention of allowing cars to follow one another more easily. Drivers practised slipstreaming and following through the session.

There’s also a new Texas tyre that has not been raced at the venue, but none of the changes appears to have fixed the track’s tendency to be a single lane around the race track, meaning overtaking could remain difficult.

This weekend’s race follows a condensed schedule. In 2019 there were three hours of practice before qualifying and the race but starting last year when the Texas race opened the season after the coronavirus hiatus a new schedule was used.

With practice, qualifying and a race on the same day in 2020, this year the event had two races but still only one practice and one qualifying on the schedule.

Now qualifying has been cancelled, the order for each race will be set by the championship order. Points leader Alex Palou will lead Saturday night’s race (1910 ET, 1210 BST) to green.

Driver Standings

Pos Driver Team Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 153 35 30 53 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 131 34 11 35 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing 127 53 14 33 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 116 7 40 28 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 107 26 15 30 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 102 18 36 20 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport 100 8 54 8 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Will Power Team Penske 99 41 24 16 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske 99 16 19 40 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 90 19 32 26 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 84 17 28 22 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing 84 29 22 10 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 79 24 26 11 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Sébastien Bourdais A.J. Foyt Enterprises 68 31 20 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 65 22 9 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP 58 9 18 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 56 6 16 14 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 51 15 10 18 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 44 13 12 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing 43 14 14 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises 38 12 7 12 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Romain Grosjean Dale Coyne Racing with RWR 37 20 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing 34 0 0 19 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 33 0 0 13 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing with RWR 24 0 0 15 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing 19 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Max Chilton Carlin 16 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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