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Herta denies Power pole at Portland

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Sunday 1st September, 2019 - 11:20am

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Colton Herta has taken pole position for the penultimate IndyCar race of the season at Portland, edging out Will Power by less than two hundredths of a second.

Power took his #12 Team Penske Chevrolet to the top in the latter stages of the Fast Six with a 57.8303s despite flatspotting his right-front at the start of his only run of the stanza.

Herta, who Power had just unseated from first position, then laid down a 57.8111s in the #88 Harding Steinbrenner Honda.

Scott Dixon, who is now an outsider in the title race, was best of the top four in the standings in putting the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in third on the grid.

Also through to the Fast Six, in fourth to sixth respectively, were Jack Harvey (#60 Meyer Shank Racing w/ SPM Honda), Felix Rosenqvist (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda).

Seventh for Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) was therefore something of a missed opportunity as series leader Josef Newgarden and his Team Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud qualified 13th and 18th respectively.

Newgarden had a messy run in Group 1 in his #2 Chevrolet and missed the cut by 0.0163s, but Pagenaud was two tenths away from the Group 2 top six in the #22 Chevrolet.

Race start is due on Monday at 0535 AEST.

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