Abel continues dominance with Barber Indy NXT pole

Jacob Abel’s magic carpet ride continued Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, as he drove to the pole for the Indy NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Alabama.

Abel, from Louisville, Kentucky, grabbed the top spot with a lap of 1m11.3507s in the No. 51 Abel Construction car fielded by Abel Motorsports. It was the second career pole in the IndyCar development series for Abel, whose first No. 1 qualifying position came in July 2023 at Iowa Speedway.

The pole continued a dominant weekend for Abel on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile natural road course. He has led every session, pacing practices Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

“It was more of what’s been going on all weekend long,” Abel said. “The Abel Motorsports guys gave me a fantastic car today, so I just had to go and drive the thing. It felt pretty easy out there. It was awesome. I’ve just got to finish the job tomorrow now.”

The 35-lap race starts at 11:05 a.m. ET Sunday, with live coverage on Peacock and the IndyCar Radio Network.

Abel’s cruise on Easy Street continued in qualifying, as he ended up 0.2239s ahead of No. 2 qualifier and championship leader Nolan Siegel, who turned a top lap of 1m11.5746s in the No. 39 HMD Motorsports car. Abel was 0.5158s ahead of the field in practice Friday, and he led practice Saturday morning by 0.2995s.

James Roe qualified third at 1m11.5971s in the No. 29 TopCon entry of Andretti Global, joined in row two by rookie Caio Collet after the Brazilian’s best lap of 1m11.7074s in the No. 18 HMD Motorsports entry.

Jamie Chadwick qualified a career-best fifth at 1m11.7240s in the No. 28 VEXT car of Andretti Global. Her previous best start was ninth in June 2023 at Road America. Rookie Michael d’Orlando also will start from row three, qualifying sixth at 1m11.9051s in the No. 3 Priority RSR Andretti Cape entry.


Story originally appeared on Racer