Dixon pips Power to Watkins Glen pole

Scott Dixon surges to pole at his happy hunting ground, Watkins Glen

Scott Dixon surges to pole at his happy hunting ground, Watkins Glen

Scott Dixon has secured pole position as records tumbled for the penultimate round of the Verizon IndyCar Series at Watkins Glen.

Dixon set a sizzling 1:22.52s with Power falling a scant .04s short after the Kiwi had set the benchmark in practice.

Australia’s Will Power was given a lucky break by securing a spot in the Fast 6 before claiming a front row berth beside Dixon, a previous three-times winner at the New York state circuit.

Power said his engine died coming out of the last corner ahead of his final flying lap however concedes that his starting position is much better than what it should have been.

“Definitely cost us some time, but starting on the front row is definitely better than where we were,” Power said.

Schmidt Peterson driver Mikhail Aleshin had has two fastest times wiped from Round 2 for interference which enabled Power to leap into the final phase of qualifying after he had originally finished in P7.

Power’s Team Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud will start from seventh as the Frenchman tries to protect his 28-point lead over the Toowoomba ace.

Pagenaud remains upbeat his his chances after missing  a spot in the Fast 6 by a tiny margin.

“I like our prospects for the race tomorrow, though. We’re in good shape,” Pagenaud said.

KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais pulled out his best qualifying effort of the year to finish third fastest ahead of Team Penske veteran Helio Castroneves.

Chip Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan was fifth fastest as he continues to keep his hopes of a maiden series title alive ahead of the deciding double points round at Sonoma.

The third Ganassi runner to advance to the Fast 6, Max Chilton, will start from sixth.

Aleshin will now start from 10th position while rookie RC Enerson, in only his second IndyCar start, qualified 11th in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing entry.

Schmidt Peterson’s James Hinchcliffe also saw stewards strip his best two times after he had spun and will start from 13th while Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato also had their best times invalided and will start from 20th and 22nd respectively.

RESULT: Watkins Glen qualifying

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Session

1

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

01:22.5259

147.008

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

2

12

Will Power

D/C/C/F

01:22.5742

146.922

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

3

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

01:22.7844

146.549

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

4

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

01:22.8748

146.389

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

5

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

01:22.9158

146.317

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

6

8

Max Chilton(r)

D/C/C/F

01:23.0064

146.157

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

7

22

Simon Pageaud

D/C/C/F

01:23.4660

145.353

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

8

2

Juan Montoya

D/C/C/F

01:23.5493

145.208

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

9

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

01:23.6392

145.052

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

10

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

01:23.7744

144.818

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

11

19

RC Enerson(r)

D/H/H/F

01:23.9907

144.445

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

12

21

Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

01:24.0983

144.260

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

13

5

James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

01:24.0477

144.347

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

14

83

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

01:24.8928

142.910

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

15

98

 Alex Ross(r)

D/H/H/F

01:24.0908

144.273

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

16

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

01:25.5560

141.802

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

17

18

Conor  Daly(r)

D/H/H/F

01:24.2606

143.982

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

18

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

01:26.4285

140.370

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

19

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

01:24.5254

143.531

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

20

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

01:58.1893

102.649

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

21

20

Spencer Pigot(r)

D/C/C/F

01:25.1826

142.423

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

22

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

02:12.3265

91.682

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

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