Montoya awarded NOLA pole as rain washes out qualifying

JPM spun during the small portion of qualifying that was completed, but he has no complaints now.

Montoya awarded NOLA pole as rain washes out qualifying
Polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Sage Karam, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Juan Pablo Montoya may have spun in qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, but the rain didn’t dampen his spirits as much as it did the track.

Montoya’s win at St. Petersburg meant that he was on top of the entrant points list after having only one race being run on the schedule. Even though he was technically eliminated in the first round of qualifying, the weather was too much for NOLA Motorsports Park for qualifying to continue after lightning was spotted in the second group of round one.

Bourdais not happy, but ends up 6th

However, qualifying had its own brand of controversy attached to it.

Sebastien Bourdais was penalized by losing his two fastest laps from qualifying after allegedly blocking Tony Kanaan during the first group of qualifying, prompting some unsavory language on TV from car owner Jimmy Vasser.

The penalty would have meant that Bourdais would have started 23rd out of a 24 car field and James Hinchcliffe would have moved up to the next round of qualifying. But because qualifying was cancelled, Bourdais’s penalty became, in effect, meaningless.

The end result is that instead of starting 23rd, Bourdais will start 6th.

Thanking the rain

A few other drivers were thankful for the rain besides Montoya. Helio Castroneves was scheduled to start 17th had the qualifying continued, but instead will line up 4th and had the second group times carried over to determining the second round of qualifying, then Jack Hawksworth would have lined up 24th, but instead he will line up 8th.

The race will be moved up to a 1:45 PM Central Time green flag.

Pos   Driver   Car / Engine 
1 J.P.Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet
2 Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet
3 Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet
4 H.Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet
5 Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet
6 S.Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda
8 Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda
9 Luca Filippi Dallara/Chevrolet
10 Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda
11 Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda
12 Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet
13 Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda
14 Carlos Muñoz Dallara/Honda
15 Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet
16 J.Hinchcliffe Dallara/Honda
17 Gabby Chaves Dallara/Honda
18 S.de Silvestro Dallara/Honda
19 Sage Karam Dallara/Chevrolet
20 Stefano Coletti Dallara/Chevrolet
21 Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet
22 James Jakes Dallara/Honda
23 F.Dracone Dallara/Honda
24 Carlos Huertas Dallara/Honda
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