Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Power beats Newgarden to pole

Will Power scored the 49th pole of his career to join Bobby Unser at 4th on the list of all-time polewinners, as Newgarden gave Penske a front-row lockout and Takuma Sato starred for Andretti Autosport.

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Power beats Newgarden to pole
Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda
Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

It’s the sixth straight year that Power has started on the front row at Mid-Ohio, and he needed a 64.1720sec lap to grab pole and edge his newest teammate Josef Newgarden by 0.1347.

Most remarkable was that the Penske-Chevy pair were half a second quicker than their closest opposition, Sato’s Andretti-Honda, although a somewhat downbeat Graham Rahal might have bridged that gap had he not made an error on his final run.

Helio Castroneves took fifth, 0.68 adrift of top spot, with Mid-Ohio meister Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda in sixth.

The most remarkable exclusion from Group 2 qualifying was defending race-winner and polesitter Simon Pagenaud in the fourth Penske, falling just 0.05sec short of getting through. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s James Hinchcliffe was eighth, ahead of two more Andretti cars, those of Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Conor Daly scored his highest starting position of the year in the #4 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy, while Esteban Gutierrez got his Dale Coyne Racing-Honda through to the top 12.

Tony Kanaan, who had looked roughly on the pace of teammate and Mid-Ohio star Dixon through practice, was docked his fastest lap for causing a local yellow, and that was enough to prevent him graduating to Group 2 and he will now start. Daly was the beneficiary.

Cla#DriverTimeGapMph
1 12 australia Will Power  1'04.1720   126.672
2 2 united_states Josef Newgarden  1'04.3067 0.1347 126.407
3 26 japan Takuma Sato  1'04.6792 0.5072 125.679
4 15 united_states Graham Rahal  1'04.7959 0.6239 125.452
5 3 brazil Helio Castroneves  1'04.8485 0.6765 125.351
6 9 new_zealand Scott Dixon  1'05.1927 1.0207 124.689
7 1 france Simon Pagenaud  1'04.3008 0.1288 126.418
8 5 canada James Hinchcliffe  1'04.3784 0.2064 126.266
9 98 united_states Alexander Rossi  1'04.4906 0.3186 126.046
10 28 united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay  1'04.4928 0.3208 126.042
11 4 united_states Conor Daly  1'04.8745 0.7025 125.300
12 18 mexico Esteban Gutierrez  1'05.0368 0.8648 124.988
13 83 united_states Charlie Kimball  1'04.9930 0.8210 125.072
14 27 united_states Marco Andretti  1'04.5929 0.4209 125.847
15 19 united_arab_emirates Ed Jones  1'05.0337 0.8617 124.994
16 20 united_states Spencer Pigot  1'04.6186 0.4466 125.797
17 10 brazil Tony Kanaan  1'05.3200 1.1480 124.446
18 8 united_kingdom Max Chilton  1'04.8603 0.6883 125.328
19 21 united_states J.R. Hildebrand  1'05.3382 1.1662 124.411
20 14 colombia Carlos Munoz  1'04.9440 0.7720 125.166
21 7 russia Mikhail Aleshin  1'05.2441 1.0721 124.591
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