Hunter-Reay soars to pole at Mid-Ohio

Ryan Hunter-Reay secures pole at Mid-Ohio

Ryan Hunter-Reay secures pole at Mid-Ohio

Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has claimed pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio course.

Hunter-Reay clocked 1:05.3519s to record his third prime starting berth for the year to revive hopes of hauling in the points leaders with six races left in the series.

Will Power will start from second ahead of Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon.

Power’s Australian compatriot James Davison has qualified 17th in his IndyCar Series debut in the Dale Coyne Honda, less than a second from the polesitter’s time.

Davison is only two positions back from the points leader Helio Castroneves who is currently 68 points ahead of Hunter-Reay.

“Last year we clawed back from bigger deficits,” Hunter-Reay said.

“Being late in the season, we need to go like we did last year at the end of the season, which is go for broke.

“We’re not interested in banking results right now and going for second or third in the championship because nobody really remembers who finishes second a couple of years from now.

“We’re going for it. Hopefully this is the first step in it. But we have a long way to go, including tomorrow’s fight for the win. It’s going to be a long, hard race going up against the Ganassi, Penske boys and my teammates as well.”

The Honda Indy 200 starts about approximately 5.30am tomorrow morning.

See below for full qualifying results 

 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1:05.3519s  
 2 Will Power Penske/Chevy 1:05.5359 +0.184s
 3 Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1:05.7051 +0.353
 4 Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1:05.8566 +0.504
 5 Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1:06.4415 +1.0896
 6 Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1:06.5854 +1.2335
 7 Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1:05.9405 Round 2
 8 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1:05.9412 Round 2
 9 Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1:05.9621 Round 2
10 James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1:06.1778 Round 2
11 Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1:06.3379 Round 2
12 EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1:06.4071 Round 2
13 James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1:06.2198 Group 1
14 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1:06.1856 Group 2
15 Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1:06.2280 Group 1
16 Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1:06.1989 Group 2
17 James Davison Coyne/Honda 1:06.2839 Group 1
18 Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy 1:06.2109 Group 2
19 Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1:06.5334 Group 1
20 Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1:06.2537 Group 2
21 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1:07.0895 Group 1
22 Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1:06.4002 Group 2
23 Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1:07.4107 Group 1
24 Luca Filippi Herta/Honda 1:06.8757 Group 2

 

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