Dixon beats Power to pole at Mid-Ohio

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Sunday 2nd August, 2015 - 6:57am

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Scott Dixon fires to pole as he chases another win at Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon fires to pole as he chases another win at Mid-Ohio

Star New Zealander Scott Dixon has eclipsed the track record on his way to snaring pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Promising to continue a rich vein of form at the sports car course, Dixon posted a 1:04.58s to pip reigning IndyCar Series champion Will Power by just .09s.

Power’s final effort saw the Penske gun fall just short after Dixon put in another sizzler to improve on his final run and give Ganassi another shot at continuing its blitz at the circuit.

Dixon has won five times at Mid-Ohio over the last eight years including last year after starting from last.

“It’s great that the Target car has a lot of speed, but as you saw last year with us winning from the last row that anything can happen,” Dixon said.

KV Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais will start the 90-lap race at the 13-turn circuit in third with Penske’s Helio Castroneves starting alongside.

Josef Newgarden and Charlie Kimball will occupy the third row as the Fast Six saw series leader Juan Montoya missing from the final part of qualifying.

Montoya, who has led from the outset in 2015 following his opening round win at St Petersburg, will be out of 10th.

Ryan Briscoe, subbing in the Schmidt Peterson Honda, is surrounded by rookies after qualifying a lowly 20th.

Meanwhile Graham Rahal, second in the points race, will start out of 13th position for the third last round of the IndyCar Series.

See below for full qualifying results

Pos. Car Driver Manufacturer Time Speed Round
1 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 1:04.5814 125.869 Firestone Fast Six
2 1 Will Power Chevrolet 1:04.6782 125.681 Firestone Fast Six
3 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 1:04.9965 125.065 Firestone Fast Six
4 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 1:05.0625 124.938 Firestone Fast Six
5 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 1:05.0728 124.919 Firestone Fast Six
6 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 1:05.0784 124.908 Firestone Fast Six
7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 1:05.0455 124.971 Round 2 / Top 12
8 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 1:05.0647 124.934 Round 2 / Top 12
9 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 1:05.1616 124.748 Round 2 / Top 12
10 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 1:05.2081 124.659 Round 2 / Top 12
11 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 1:05.2291 124.619 Round 2 / Top 12
12 27 Marco Andretti Honda 1:05.3931 124.307 Round 2 / Top 12
13 15 Graham Rahal Honda 1:05.9650 123.229 Qual / Group 1
14 25 Justin Wilson Honda 1:05.5886 123.936 Qual / Group 2
15 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 1:05.9877 123.187 Qual / Group 1
16 14 Takuma Sato Honda 1:05.5933 123.927 Qual / Group 2
17 7 James Jakes Honda 1:06.0671 123.039 Qual / Group 1
18 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 1:05.6204 123.876 Qual / Group 2
19 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 1:06.0688 123.035 Qual / Group 1
20 5 Ryan Briscoe Honda 1:05.7053 123.716 Qual / Group 2
21 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 1:06.2195 122.755 Qual / Group 1
22 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez (R) Honda 1:05.9698 123.220 Qual / Group 2
23 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 1:06.9891 121.345 Qual / Group 1
24 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 1:06.0814 123.012 Qual / Group 2

VIDEO: Dixon pole lap