Rossi, Power qualify on front row in Mid-Ohio

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Sunday 29th July, 2018 - 8:50am

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Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi needed only one flying lap at the end to qualify on pole for the Mid-Ohio IndyCar race, where he will start alongside Will Power.

Rossi waited until the final two minutes to return to the circuit during the Firestone Fast Six, when he laid down a 1:04.6802s in the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda.

Power was 0.2137s slower as he earned a front row start for his 200th Verizon IndyCar Series race in the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet.

Row 2 is also Andretti alongside Penske in Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Honda) and Josef Newgarden (#1 Chevrolet) respectively.

Robert Wickens (#6 Schmidt Peterson Honda) qualified fifth and Max Chilton also made the final phase of qualifying in the #59 Carlin Chevrolet.

The second round of qualifying ended in drama when James Hinchcliffe spun the #5 Schmidt Peterson Honda and crashed while fastest with seconds remaining.

The Canadian lost his two best laps having brought out the red flag, costing him a place in the top six.

The stoppage might have denied Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda) a place in the final phase, and the New Zealander also claimed to have been held up by Rossi earlier on.

Officials reviewed the matter before the Fast Six but opted not to take action, while Dixon will start his 300th IndyCar race from ninth position, next to Hinchcliffe.

“I think it would’ve been tight for us without the red flag to get through, but you never really know,” said Dixon.

“The PNC Bank car was good, and we had definitely made gains from Q1 to Q2 there.”

Brakes issues saw Sebastien Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda) crash on his out lap at the start of qualifying.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be run over 90 laps from tomorrow at 0535 AEST.

Highlights: Qualifying

Starting grid: Mid-Ohio

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Session
1 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 1:04.6802 Fast Six
2 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:04.8939 Fast Six
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 1:04.9896 Fast Six
4 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:05.1335 Fast Six
5 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 1:05.1747 Fast Six
6 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 1:06.6172 Fast Six
7 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 1:06.1804 Round 2 / Top 12
8 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 1:06.3755 Round 2 / Top 12
9 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 1:06.4187 Round 2 / Top 12
10 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 1:06.5549 Round 2 / Top 12
11 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 1:07.0999 Round 2 / Top 12
12 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F 1:07.2287 Round 2 / Top 12
13 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 1:05.6353 Round 1 / Group 1
14 88 Conor Daly D/C/F 1:05.7260 Round 1 / Group 2
15 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 1:05.9471 Round 1 / Group 1
16 20 Jordan King (R) D/C/F 1:05.7699 Round 1 / Group 2
17 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 1:05.9630 Round 1 / Group 1
18 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 1:05.8133 Round 1 / Group 2
19 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 1:06.0520 Round 1 / Group 1
20 60 Jack Harvey (R) D/H/F 1:05.9911 Round 1 / Group 2
21 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 1:06.7354 Round 1 / Group 1
22 19 Pietro Fittipaldi (R) D/H/F 1:06.2138 Round 1 / Group 2
23 32 Rene Binder (R) D/C/F 1:06.9555 Round 1 / Group 1
24 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/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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