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Herta takes maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

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Sunday 23rd June, 2019 - 9:00am

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Colton Herta

Colton Herta has become the youngest ever IndyCar pole-sitter while Will Power will start third in the 10th race of the season, at Road America.

Scott Dixon, however, failed to turn a lap in the second phase of qualifying after a mechanical issue beset his #9 Chip Ganassi Honda at the end of his first hit-out.

Herta clocked a 1:42.9920s in the #88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda which put him 0.1773s clear of Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda).

Power (#12 Chevrolet) will be joined on the second row of the grid by Team Penske team-mate and series leader, Josef Newgarden (#2 Chevrolet).

Row 3 is an all-Rahal Letterman Lanigan affair with Graham Rahal (#15 Honda) edging Takuma Sato (#30 Honda) in the Fast Six.

While Dixon took 12th somewhat by default, team-mate Felix Rosenqvist (#10 Honda) went out at the first time of asking and will start 18th.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) and Simon Pagenaud (#22 Team Penske Chevrolet) are only slightly better off with each putting in untidy laps on their way to 15th and 16th respectively.

The 55-lap race gets underway tomorrow at 0245 AEST.

Starting grid: Road America

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Session
1 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 1:42.9920 Fast Six
2 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 1:43.1693 Fast Six
3 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:43.3749 Fast Six
4 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:43.6036 Fast Six
5 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 1:43.8076 Fast Six
6 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 1:43.8790 Fast Six
7 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 1:43.2989 Top 12
8 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 1:43.3083 Top 12
9 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 1:43.3814 Top 12
10 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 1:43.3945 Top 12
11 20 Ed Jones D/C/F 1:43.5162 Top 12
12 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F No Time Top 12
13 31 Patricio O’Ward (R) D/C/F 1:43.6061 Group 1
14 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 1:43.4488 Group 2
15 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 1:43.6980 Group 1
16 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 1:43.4764 Group 2
17 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 1:43.8913 Group 1
18 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 1:43.5038 Group 2
19 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 1:44.6179 Group 1
20 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 1:43.8570 Group 2
21 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 1:49.3060 Group 1
22 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 1:43.8745 Group 2
23 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 1:44.4183 Group 2

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

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