Newgarden snatches pole in Penske lockout
Josef Newgarden has edged Team Penske team-mate Will Power to pole at Road America by less than 0.05s.
Alexander Rossi threw down the challenge to the two Penske drivers in the Fast 6 when he went two tenths faster than the field on his first flyer.
With the chequered flag out, Power clocked a 1:43.2508s to go from fourth position back to the top in the #12 Chevrolet.
Newgarden (#1 Chevrolet) went marginally quicker with a committed 1:43.2026s moments later.
Honda-powered cars filled out the rest of the Fast 6, including an all-Andretti Autosport second row.
The order on that row was reversed after the chequered flag, however, with Car #28 of Ryan Hunter-Reay also jumping Rossi and Car #27.
Robert Wickens (#6 Schmidt Peterson Honda) qualified fifth and Sebastien Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan) sixth.
Power only just made the final phase of qualifying having been sixth and only 0.0363s faster than next-best, namely Takuma Sato (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda), at the end of the preceding segment.
Series leader Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda) missed out and will start alongside Sato, while Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) and Spencer Pigot (#21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) round out the top 10.
Simon Pagenaud (#22 Team Penske Chevrolet) could only manage 14th, with James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Honda) starting directly behind on the next row.
The Kohler Grand Prix (55 laps) starts tomorrow at 0305 AEST.
Starting grid: Road America
|1||1||Josef Newgarden||D/C/F||1:43.2026||Fast Six|
|2||12||Will Power||D/C/F||1:43.2508||Fast Six|
|3||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||D/H/F||1:43.3811||Fast Six|
|4||27||Alexander Rossi||D/H/F||1:43.4361||Fast Six|
|5||6||Robert Wickens (R)||D/H/F||1:43.7121||Fast Six|
|6||18||Sebastien Bourdais||D/H/F||1:43.7332||Fast Six|
|7||30||Takuma Sato||D/H/F||1:43.1108||Round 2 / Top 12|
|8||9||Scott Dixon||D/H/F||1:43.1769||Round 2 / Top 12|
|9||15||Graham Rahal||D/H/F||1:43.1874||Round 2 / Top 12|
|10||21||Spencer Pigot||D/C/F||1:43.1995||Round 2 / Top 12|
|11||26||Zach Veach (R)||D/H/F||1:43.2265||Round 2 / Top 12|
|12||10||Ed Jones||D/H/F||1:43.3544||Round 2 / Top 12|
|13||20||Jordan King (R)||D/C/F||1:43.7356||Round 1 / Group 1|
|14||22||Simon Pagenaud||D/C/F||1:43.4153||Round 1 / Group 2|
|15||98||Marco Andretti||D/H/F||1:43.9843||Round 1 / Group 1|
|16||5||James Hinchcliffe||D/H/F||1:43.8591||Round 1 / Group 2|
|17||19||Zachary Claman DeMelo (R)||D/H/F||1:44.0189||Round 1 / Group 1|
|18||14||Tony Kanaan||D/C/F||1:44.1165||Round 1 / Group 2|
|19||23||Charlie Kimball||D/C/F||1:45.1161||Round 1 / Group 1|
|20||4||Matheus Leist (R)||D/C/F||1:44.3438||Round 1 / Group 2|
|21||32||Alfonso Celis Jnr (R)||D/C/F||1:45.5584||Round 1 / Group 1|
|22||59||Max Chilton||D/C/F||1:44.3442||Round 1 / Group 2|
|23||88||Gabby Chaves||D/C/F||1:44.6258||Round 1 / Group 2|
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone