Power on pole at Indy GP as Dixon struggles

Will Power

Will Power has secured pole position for the IndyCar Grand Prix on Indianapolis’ road course as Scott Dixon missed the cut in the first round of qualifying.

Power set a 1:09.8182s on slightly used red (alternate) tyres on his second run in the Firestone Fast Six.

Robert Wickens (#6 Schmidt Peterson Honda) had been fastest to that point and while he improved on his final effort, the Canadian’s best lap came up just short of that set by Power in the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet.

The pole is Power’s 51st in IndyCar, moving him to outright third-most prolific of all-time.

Sebastien Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda) was third-fastest and will start alongside the other of the SPM cars, namely that of James Hinchcliffe (#5 Honda).

Rookie Jordan King (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) qualified fifth, while defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden (#1 Team Penske Chevrolet) rounded out the Fast Six.

Of the other Penske drivers, Simon Pagenaud (#22 Chevrolet) just missed the final phase of qualifying in seventh and Helio Castroneves was 10th in his trademark #3 on his return to IndyCar.

Between them, Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) was eighth and Spencer Pigot (#21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) made it past the first round of road course/street circuit qualifying for the first time in ninth.

Dixon, however, will start all the way back in 18th in the #9 Chip Ganassi Honda, three positions behind team-mate Ed Jones (#10 Honda).

The IndyCar Grand Prix (85 laps) starts tomorrow at 0540 AEST.

Highlights: Qualifying

Starting grid: Indianapolis (Road course)

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Session
1 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:09.8182 Fast Six
2 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 1:09.9052 Fast Six
3 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 1:09.9449 Fast Six
4 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 1:10.0858 Fast Six
5 20 Jordan King (R) D/C/F 1:10.1326 Fast Six
6 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:10.7276 Fast Six
7 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 1:10.0382 Round 2 / Top 12
8 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 1:10.1062 Round 2 / Top 12
9 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 1:10.1601 Round 2 / Top 12
10 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 1:10.1847 Round 2 / Top 12
11 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 1:10.1979 Round 2 / Top 12
12 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 1:10.3592 Round 2 / Top 12
13 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 1:10.0985 Round 1 / Group 1
14 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 1:10.1044 Round 1 / Group 2
15 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 1:10.2859 Round 1 / Group 1
16 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 1:10.2113 Round 1 / Group 2
17 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 1:10.3605 Round 1 / Group 1
18 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 1:10.3221 Round 1 / Group 2
19 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 1:10.5064 Round 1 / Group 1
20 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F 1:10.3371 Round 1 / Group 2
21 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 1:10.6425 Round 1 / Group 1
22 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 1:10.5066 Round 1 / Group 2
23 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 1:10.7784 Round 1 / Group 1
24 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 1:10.7394 Round 1 / Group 2

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

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