Will Power takes last gasp Toronto IndyCar pole

Will Power celebrates pole in Toronto

Will Power celebrates pole in Toronto

Will Power moved to fifth on IndyCar’s all-time pole winners tally with a late effort in the Fast Six session at Toronto.

The Australian recorded his best of 59.43s with just 5s remaining in the final 10 minute segment.

The time edged team-mate Simon Pagenaud by 0.18s, marking the fourth time the Penske duo has locked out the front-row this season.

Third Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya lead the early part of the Fast Six session before ending up third.

The Indianapolis 500 winner will line-up alongside Scott Dixon, while Sebastien Bourdais and Luca Filippi completed the top six.

The first two segments were punctuated by red flags, much to the detriment of regular front-runners Helio Castroneves (seventh) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th).

The reds were caused by a spin from Sebastian Saavedra in Q1 and a crash for Rodolfo Gonzalez in Q2.

Power’s 41st career pole meanwhile moves him ahead of Penske legend Rick Mears on the pole position honour roll, drawing to within two of the highest active driver, Castroneves.

“Starting on the pole is great to keep out of any messes, and obviously IndyCar races are never straightforward so it’s just awesome to get the pole,” said Power.

“It’s a long (race) day and we’ll see what we can do. You’ve really got to drive around here.

“It’s all man-handling because you’ve got those slippery surfaces in the middle of the corners, so you’ve got to be on the wheel a lot.”

Result: IndyCar Series qualifying, Toronto

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

Will Power

Team Penske

59.4280s

2

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

59.6095s

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

59.6242s

4

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

59.8879s

5

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

59.9012s

6

Luca Filippi

CFH Racing

1:00.2312s

7

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

59.8940s

8

Takuma Sato

AJ Foyt Enterprises

59.9500s

9

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

1:00.0901s

10

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1:00.1241s

11

Josef Newgarden

CFH Racing

1:00.1323s

12

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

1:00.4576s

13

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

1:00.6849s

14

Jack Hawksworth

AJ Foyt Enterprises

1:01.4569s

15

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

1:00.8553s

16

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

1:01.5959s

17

Sebastian Saavedra

Chip Ganassi Racing

1:00.9926s

18

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

1:01.9907s

19

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

1:01.2543s

20

Stefano Coletti

KV Racing Technology

1:02.4000s

21

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing

1:01.5065s

22

Gabby Chaves

Bryan Herta Autosport

1:02.4016s

23

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Dale Coyne Racing

1:05.0167s

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