The qualifying session for the IndyCar double-header events from Texas Motor Speedway has been canceled due to time constraints, meaning the current points leader Alex Palou will start from pole.
This afternoon’s practice session was delayed by almost two hours while track crews dried the track after overnight rain showers.
The delay led to the series canceling qualifying to preserve time and get tonight’s race in before more rain showers are due to arrive later on.
The field will line up according to entrant points, meaning that Alex Palou will start from pole alongside Will Power for tonight’s Genesys 300.
The second row will be filled by Scott Dixon and Colton Herta, who have each placed themselves well after the first two races of the 17-race season.
Despite finishing the practice session on the top of the timesheets, Tony Kanaan will start from the final row due to him sharing an entry with Jimmie Johnson this season.
Johnson has been meeting his own goals so far, but has still finished near the back of the pack in both races this season and left Kanaan with a lot of cars in front of him for tonight’s race.
Kanaan will be joined at the rear by another driver who consistently finishes well on ovals, Conor Daly, who will be looking for a top finish in his recently-arranged Carlin ride.
The second race of this weekend’s double-header, which will be run tomorrow afternoon, will be set by the points after tonight’s race. This means we will likely see a significantly different lineup for Sunday’s event.
Tonight’s 212-lap race is set to begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled with the green flag set to fly at 19:10 Eastern Time.