Herta beats Rossi to claim maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Dominik Wilde
Autosport
Herta takes maiden IndyCar pole at Road America
Herta takes maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Colton Herta claimed his first IndyCar pole position at Road America, beating Alexander Rossi to the top spot as the pair traded places at the top of the timesheets.

Herta, who is now IndyCar's youngest polesitter, set a lap time of 1m42.992s, which was less than two tenths of a second faster than Rossi.

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Herta and Rossi topped their respective opening sessions, then locked out the top two spots in the second round of qualifying as well.

Will Power will line up third for tomorrow's race, just over three hundredths of a second off Rossi's pace, while his Penske team mate and defending Road America winner Josef Newgarden will start fourth.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan pairing Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato completed the Fast Six runners, with everyone in the final part of qualifying covered by less than nine tenths of a second.

Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais just missed out on a chance to compete for pole position, being bumped out of the top six late-on in the second qualifying session - he will start seventh.

Herta takes maiden IndyCar pole at Road America
Herta takes maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

It was a similar story for Marco Andretti, who set what looked to be a fast enough time until he too was knocked out late on. He rounded out the top-10, behind Spencer Pigot and James Hinchcliffe.

There was a number of early casualties, the biggest being Scott Dixon.

The five-time champion left it too late to set a time to advance to the second part of qualifying, but then suffered an engine issue on his way back to the pits between sessions. With him unable to set a lap in the second round, he had to settle with 12th place on the grid.

Dixon however will start ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and team mate Felix Rosenqvist, all of who failed to put a fast lap together in the first round of running.

Like Dixon, fellow Honda runner Santino Ferrucci also suffered with an unspecified engine issue which sidelined him early on.

Qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m42.9920s

-

2

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.1693s

0.1773s

3

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.3749s

0.3829s

4

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.6036s

0.6116s

5

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m43.8076s

0.8156s

6

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m43.8790s

0.8870s

7

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m43.2989s

0.3069s

8

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.3083s

0.3163s

9

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m43.3814s

0.3894s

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m43.3945s

0.4025s

11

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.5162s

0.5242s

12

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

-

-

13

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.6061s

0.6141s

14

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.4488s

0.4568s

15

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.6980s

0.7060s

16

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.4764s

0.4844s

17

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m43.8913s

0.8993s

18

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m43.5038s

0.5118s

19

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m44.6179s

1.6259s

20

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.8570s

0.8650s

21

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m49.3060s

6.3140s

22

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.8745s

0.8825s

23

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m44.4183s

1.4263s

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