Rossi, Power qualify on front row at Long Beach

Dan Herrero

Sunday 15th April, 2018 - 10:13am

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Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi left it until late to take pole position for the Long Beach IndyCar race with a super lap as Will Power also qualified on the front row.

Rossi chose not to go out in the first run of the Fast 6 but when he did, he bolted to a lap 0.3526s faster than the rest in the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda.

“That’s a good number isn’t it?” said Rossi.

“The NAPA Auto Parts Honda has been so strong since we rolled out.

“I think we definitely should be a force to be reckoned with tomorrow.”

Power was fastest after the first runs despite brushing the wall at Turn 8 in the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet but didn’t improve on his second run.

“(The car) was very good, definitely had good speed, (we) just weren’t quite good enough in the Fast 6,” said the Toowoomban.

“Happy with P2, slowly crept up the whole weekend, and we’re right there.”

Power might have lost the position to team-mate Simon Pagenaud (#22 Team Penske Chevrolet) but the Frenchman he had a bigger run-in with the Turn 8 wall.

Pagenaud will start third, alongside Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda).

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) and Josef Newgarden (#1 Team Penske Chevrolet) round out the Fast 6.

Ryan Hunter-Reay just missed the final phase of qualifying having served a drive-through for an improper pit lane exit in the #28 Andretti Autosport Honda and will start seventh.

St Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais put the #18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda ninth on the grid.

The 85-lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starts tomorrow at 0640 AEDT.

Starting grid: Long Beach

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Session
1 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 1:06.5528 Fast Six
2 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:06.9054 Fast Six
3 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 1:06.9107 Fast Six
4 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 1:07.0483 Fast Six
5 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 1:07.1275 Fast Six
6 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:07.1922 Fast Six
7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 1:07.1415 Round 2 / Top 12
8 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 1:07.1899 Round 2 / Top 12
9 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 1:07.1943 Round 2 / Top 12
10 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 1:07.2289 Round 2 / Top 12
11 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 1:07.3478 Round 2 / Top 12
12 20 Jordan King (R) D/C/F 1:07.6427 Round 2 / Top 12
13 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 1:08.3844 Round 1 / Group 1
14 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 1:08.1622 Round 1 / Group 2
15 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 1:08.7167 Round 1 / Group 1
16 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F 1:08.1763 Round 1 / Group 2
17 60 Jack Harvey (R) D/H/F 1:08.8207 Round 1 / Group 1
18 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 1:08.2739 Round 1 / Group 2
19 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 1:08.8623 Round 1 / Group 1
20 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 1:08.5294 Round 1 / Group 2
21 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 1:09.1429 Round 1 / Group 1
22 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 1:08.6340 Round 1 / Group 2
23 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 1:09.7481 Round 1 / Group 1
24 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F No Time Round 1 / Group 2

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

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