Will Power leaves it late to defeat Rossi for Mid-Ohio IndyCar pole

Kyle Francis
Autosport
Power leaves it late to defeat Rossi for pole
Power leaves it late to defeat Rossi for pole

Penske's Will Power stormed to pole position at Mid-Ohio with a late flying lap that proved nearly four tenths quicker than Andretti Autosport IndyCar rival Alexander Rossi's best effort.

Rossi looked set to secure the top spot in the closing seconds of the Fast Six session, having shaved two tenths from his prior session-leading benchmark, lapping the 2.2-mile Mid-Ohio circuit in 1m05.531s.

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But was Power was the last driver to set a flying lap and he powered to pole position with a 1m05.156s lap.

Championship leader Josef Newgarden secured third ahead of team-mate Simon Pagenaud to make it three Penske-run cars in the top four, while Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastian Bourdais and Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top six.

Bourdais and Rosenqvist decided to forego their first runs in the Fast Six in an attempt to save tyres for their final attempts, but were unable to get up to speed and were both over a second in arrears of Power's pole time.

Rosenquist was fortunate to make it to the Fast 12 following an issue after his Ganassi-run car entered its emergency mode as he exited the pits.

He was then able to restore the car to its normal qualifying settings and posted the fourth quickest time in his group one running.

Power leaves it late to defeat Rossi for pole
Power leaves it late to defeat Rossi for pole

Combined practice pacesetter Colton Herta failed to make it into the Fast Six by just 0.003, limiting him to seventh on the grid as a result, just ahead of reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

Jack Harvey will start an impressive ninth for Meyer-Shank Racing, ahead of both Schmidt Petersen Motorsport stablemates James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson, who could only manage 11th and 12th fastest behind Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Both Rahal Letterman Lannigan Racing machines failed to reach the top 12, past winner Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato securing 15th and 17th respectively.

The returning RC Enerson - competing for Carlin this weekend - will start 22nd ahead of Tony Kanaan, having posted a time just three tenths slower than team-mate Max Chilton, who will start 16th.

Qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m05.1569s

2

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.3748s

3

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.6316s

4

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.7389s

5

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.0471s

6

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.3345s

7

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.4081s

8

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.5430s

9

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.5662s

10

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.5759s

11

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.5998s

12

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.8859s

13

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.7808s

14

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.6019s

15

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.8176s

16

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.8412s

17

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1.2154s

18

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0231s

19

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1.2587s

20

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.0546s

21

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.3919s

22

R.C. Enerson

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.1627s

23

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.8922s


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