Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar Gateway, title rival Rossi 11th

David Malsher
Autosport
Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar Gateway round
Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar Gateway round

Josef Newgarden took his eighth career pole for the IndyCar round at Gateway, while title rival Alexander Rossi will start the race from 11th on the grid.

Newgarden, who was champion for Team Penske-Chevrolet in 2017 - winning that season's Gateway round - set a two-lap average of 186.508mph to beat the provisional pole time set by Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racingby just under 0.6mph.

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Several drivers had been annoyed by the speed-dry cement which had been thrown down in Turns 1 and 2 to soak up oil from the vintage Indycars that had been lapping in a demonstration in the previous hour, but both Bourdais and his teammate Santino Ferrucci appeared largely untroubled.

Will Power, defending Gateway winner, and Simon Pagenaud will start the race from third and fourth respectively, while Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda's Takuma Sato clocked fifth fastest.

Ferrucci supplemented Bourdais' performance with sixth on the grid.

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar Gateway round
Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar Gateway round

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' James Hinchcliffe bounced back from a poor practice session, admitting he used rookie teammate Marcus Ericsson's setup to land a strong P7.

Scott Dixon felt his Chip Ganassi Racing setup took too long to work his tires up to temperature and was disappointed with eighth, two spots ahead of rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist.

The pair were separated by the fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Honda drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay, but Rossi, now 36 points behind Newgarden after the Pocono shunt last week, will start only 11th, alongside semi-teammate Colton Herta.

Graham Rahal had a wild moment on the cement dust and had to back off, which explains why he is down in 16th while Marco Andretti had an even worse moment, forcing him to back off the throttle to keep his car off the Turn 2 wall, and so will have to start at the back.

Qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Speed

1

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

186.508

2

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

185.927

3

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

185.896

4

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

185.143

5

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

185.050

6

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

184.830

7

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

184.452

8

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

184.293

9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

184.206

10

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

184.130

11

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

184.070

12

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

183.399

13

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

183.211

14

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

183.180

15

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

182.547

16

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

182.065

17

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

181.334

18

Conor Daly

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

179.399

19

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

178.982

20

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

178.974

21

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

178.290

22

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

175.192

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