Road America IndyCar: Josef Newgarden leads all-Penske front row

Tom Errington
Autosport
Newgarden pips Power to Road America pole
Newgarden pips Power to Road America pole

Josef Newgarden and Will Power defeated Andretti Autosport in a head-to-head shootout for a Penske one-two in qualifying for IndyCar's Road America race.

Alexander Rossi, who enters the weekend second in the championship standings, led team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay after the first of two flying laps in the 'Fast Six'.

Penske's Newgarden and Power opted to run on the slower black compound tyres for their first run in order to slightly wear the tyres for Sunday's race and help a three-stop strategy - regarding as the quickest tactic.

But once the duo had fitted the quicker red compound tyres, Power went top of the times briefly before Newgarden's 1m43.2026s lap beat him by 0.0482 seconds.

Hunter-Reay deposed Rossi for third at the flag as Andretti locked out the second row of the grid.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens qualified fifth ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, who opted to head out first and lap on a clear track.

That meant he lost a provisional pole position after the first flying laps as late improvements bumped his Dale Coyne Racing entry run in conjunction with Vasser-Sullivan down the order.

Newgarden pips Power to Road America pole
Newgarden pips Power to Road America pole

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato and IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon narrowly missed out on the 'Fast Six' and qualified in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sato's team-mate Graham Rahal was ninth ahead of Spencer Pigot.

Simon Pagenaud blamed an increase in temperature for narrowly missing out on the top 12 segment of qualifying, and he will start 14th ahead of Marco Andretti.

SPM's pace had impressed in Road America practice but while Wickens made the top five, team-mate James Hinchcliffe was only 15th in qualifying.

AJ Foyt Racing's struggles on road and street courses continued with Tony Kanaan qualifying 18th and Matheus Leist securing 20th.

Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton were 19th and 22nd after Carlin had enjoyed an upturn in form in recent weeks.

Former Force India Formula 1 development driver Alfonso Celis Jr was 21st on his debut IndyCar weekend for Juncos Racing.

Starting grid

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.2026s

-

2

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.2508s

0.0482s

3

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.3811s

0.1785s

4

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.4361s

0.2335s

5

Robert Wickens

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m43.7121s

0.5095s

6

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m43.7332s

0.5306s

7

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m43.1108s

-

8

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m43.1769s

-

9

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m43.1874s

-

10

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.1995s

-

11

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.2265s

-

12

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m43.3544s

-

13

Jordan King

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.7356s

-

14

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.4153s

-

15

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m43.9843s

-

16

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m43.8591s

-

17

Zachary Claman

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m44.0189s

-

18

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m44.1165s

-

19

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m45.1161s

-

20

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m44.3438s

-

21

Alfonso Celis

Juncos Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m45.5584s

-

22

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m44.3442s

-

23

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m44.6258s

-

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