Will Power has qualified on pole position for IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis, his sixth on the Brickyard’s road course.
Power edged Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou and his Team Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden in the Fast Six, with the final lap of the session.
In the third Penske Chevrolet, Scott McLaughlin failed to get out of Round 2 of qualifying and is due to take up 11th on the grid, while his compatriot Scott Dixon will start 10 positions further back in the # 9 CGR Honda.
When the Fast Six got underway, Newgarden waited in pit lane as four drivers went out on a first set of used alternate tires and series leader Palou on primaries.
Pato O’Ward (McLaren SP) banked a 1: 10.2349s which was the best of the first runs, but matters were decided by each driver’s final lap.
Palou, with reds by then on Car # 10, clocked a 1: 09.8090s to go to the top before Newgarden took up second with a 1: 09.8343s on his only push lap.
With the checked flag out, Conor Daly wheeled the # 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet to a 1: 09.9063s to take up third but Power was still going.
Extracting as much as he could from what were necessarily used reds again, the Queenslander set a 1: 09.7664s to pip Palou by 0.0426s and move to 64 career pole positions.
Behind Power, Palou, Newgarden, and Daly, were O’Ward in fifth and Rosenqvist in sixth.
In the first two rounds of qualifying, virtually everyone rolled out on blacks and then switched to red tires for their second run on each occasion.
Considering the reds were really only good enough for one hot lap, when everyone still had new sets at their disposal, a mistake which McLaughlin made in Round 2 proved pivotal.
The New Zealander was forced to go for a second flyer on reds and while he improved with it, the 1: 09.7847s which he set was only good enough for the 11th.
Palou was quickest in that segment on a 1: 09.4114s despite the lap in question appearing to be an untidy one.
Callum Ilott (Juncos Hollinger Racing) was bumped out of the top six by Power and is set to start from seventh, ahead of Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Jack Harvey (RLLR), Romain Grosjean (Andretti Autosport), McLaughlin, and Graham Rahal (RLLR).
Earlier, Power was quickest in Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifying, while Dixon was one of a number of notables who failed to make the cut.
The New Zealander was 0.3480s outside the top six after everyone had done their red tire run, leaving him 11th in that segment and 21st on the starting grid.
In Group 2, Colton Hertha (Andretti Autosport w / Curb-Agajanian) was just over a tenth of a second too slow to advance, getting bumped out of the cut-off in the final moments by Rahal.
All told, Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing w / RWR) qualified 13th, ahead of Herta, Rinus VeeKay (ECR), and Alexander Rossi (Andretti).
Further back on the grid are the likes of Marcus Ericsson (CGR) in 18th, Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Racing) in 19th, Simon Pagenaud (MSR) in 20th, Dixon in 21st, and Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren SP) in 23rd.
Two sessions remain, both on Sunday morning (AEST), namely the Warmup at 00:30 and the Race at 05:45.
That 85-lapper will be streamed live and ad-free on Stan Sport, with coverage starting at 05:00 AEST.
|Pos||Num||Driver||C / E / T||Qual time||Session|
|1||12||Will Power||D / C / F||1: 09.7664||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|2||10||Alex Palou||D / H / F||1: 09.8090||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|3||2||Josef Newgarden||D / C / F||1: 09.8343||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|4||20||Conor Daly||D / C / F||1: 09.9063||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|5||5||Pato O’Ward||D / C / F||1: 10.0546||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|6||7||Felix Rosenqvist||D / C / F||1: 10.0605||Round 3 / Fast Six|
|7||77||Callum Ilott||D / C / F||1: 09.6530||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|8||30||Christian Lundgaard||D / H / F||1: 09.6594||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|9||45||Jack Harvey||D / H / F||1: 09.6899||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|10||28||Romain Grosjean||D / H / F||1: 09.7100||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|11||3||Scott McLaughlin||D / C / F||1: 09.7847||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|12||15||Graham Rahal||D / H / F||1: 10.2950||Elimination Round 2 / Top 12|
|13||51||Takuma Sato||D / H / F||1: 09.8239||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|14||26||Colton Hertha||D / H / F||1: 09.8527||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|15||21||Rinus VeeKay||D / C / F||1: 09.9550||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|16||27||Alexander Rossi||D / H / F||1: 09.9178||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|17||29||Devlin DeFrancesco||D / H / F||1: 10.1306||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|18||8||Marcus Ericsson||D / H / F||1: 09.9294||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|19||06||Helio Castroneves||D / H / F||1: 10.1417||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|20||60||Simon Pagenaud||D / H / F||1: 09.9717||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|21||9||Scott Dixon||D / H / F||1: 10.1694||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|22||14||Kyle Kirkwood||D / C / F||1: 10.1954||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|23||6||Juan Pablo Montoya||D / C / F||1: 10.7610||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|24||18||David Malukas||D / H / F||1: 10.4755||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|25||11||Tatiana Calderon||D / C / F||1: 11.0020||Elimination Round 1 / Group 1|
|26||4||Dalton Kellett||D / C / F||1: 10.7187||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|
|27||48||Jimmie Johnson||D / H / F||1: 11.4599||Elimination Round 1 / Group 2|