Newgarden pips Power to Sonoma IndyCar pole

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Sunday 17th September, 2017 - 11:00am

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Josef Newgarden

Verizon IndyCar Series leader Josef Newgarden has earned pole position for the final race of the season at Sonoma.

Newgarden beat Team Penske team-mate Will Power by 0.035s to give himself the best possible chance of protecting his slim series lead.

His nearest rival, Scott Dixon, will start the 85-lap race from sixth.

Newgarden (#2 Team Penske Chevrolet) made a statement when he broke the old track record by nearly half a second in the first round of qualifying alone, before repeating the feat in the second and third rounds.

The pole is just his first for Penske and second in his IndyCar career.

The 26-year-old will be well-protected on the starting grid with not only Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet) alongside but also his other team-mates on the second row.

Simon Pagenaud (#1 Team Penske Chevrolet) was fastest in the second round of qualifying before taking third in the Fast 6, with Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske Chevrolet) on Row 2 fourth.

All four Penske drivers are, however, still in contention for the title, setting up the possibility of a thrilling intra-team battle.

Takuma Sato (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) was the first of the Hondas in fifth, and will start with Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda) alongside.

The Andretti Hondas of Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28) and last start winner Alexander Rossi (#98) share Row 4, with Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) and Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Honda) rounding out the top 10.

The title will be decided tomorrow morning from 0840 AEST.

Qualifying: Grand Prix of Sonoma

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Time Session
1 Josef Newgarden D/C/C/F 1:15.5205 Fast Six
2 Will Power D/C/C/F 1:15.5556 Fast Six
3 Simon Pagenaud D/C/C/F 1:15.6356 Fast Six
4 Helio Castroneves D/C/C/F 1:15.8032 Fast Six
5 Takuma Sato D/H/H/F 1:16.2208 Fast Six
6 Scott Dixon D/H/H/F 1:16.3978 Fast Six
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/H/F 1:16.1815 Round 2 / Top 12
8 Alexander Rossi D/H/H/F 1:16.1934 Round 2 / Top 12
9 Graham Rahal D/H/H/F 1:16.1968 Round 2 / Top 12
10 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/H/F 1:16.5811 Round 2 / Top 12
11 Marco Andretti D/H/H/F 1:16.8221 Round 2 / Top 12
12 Tony Kanaan D/H/H/F 1:16.9718 Round 2 / Top 12
13 Conor Daly D/C/C/F 1:17.1016 Round 1 / Group 1
14 Max Chilton D/H/H/F 1:16.7581 Round 1 / Group 2
15 Charlie Kimball D/H/H/F 1:17.1417 Round 1 / Group 1
16 James Hinchcliffe D/H/H/F 1:16.9539 Round 1 / Group 2
17 Spencer Pigot D/C/C/F 1:17.2662 Round 1 / Group 1
18 Ed Jones (R) D/H/H/F 1:17.0231 Round 1 / Group 2
19 Jack Harvey (R) D/H/H/F 1:17.2722 Round 1 / Group 1
20 JR Hildebrand D/C/C/F 1:17.1602 Round 1 / Group 2
21 Zachary Claman De Melo (R) D/H/H/F 1:17.2814 Round 1 / Group 1
22 Carlos Muñoz D/C/C/F 1:17.2507 Round 1 / Group 2

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Championship points: After Qualifying

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 561
2 Scott Dixon 557
3 Helio Castroneves 538
4 Simon Pagenaud 526
5 Will Power 492
6 Alexander Rossi 476
7 Graham Rahal 466
8 Takuma Sato 421
9 Tony Kanaan 375
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 373
11 James Hinchcliffe 360
12 Max Chilton 360
13 Marco Andretti 336
14 Ed Jones 332
15 JR Hildebrand 315
16 Carlos Muñoz 298
17 Charlie Kimball 289
18 Conor Daly 264
19 Mikhail Aleshin 237
20 Spencer Pigot 184
21 Sebastien Bourdais 170
22 Ed Carpenter 169
23 Gabby Chaves 98
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
25 Esteban Gutierrez 91
26 Sebastian Saavedra 80
27 Oriol Servia 61
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Jack Harvey 33
30 Pippa Mann 32
31 Jay Howard 24
32 Zach Veach 23
33 Sage Karam 23
34 James Davison 21
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14

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