Herta denies Power pole at Portland

Colton Herta

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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