Gateway IndyCar: Will Power on pole in all-Penske top four

Will Power headed a Team Penske top four lockout as he claimed his sixth IndyCar Series pole position of the season at returning venue Gateway

Gateway IndyCar: Will Power on pole in all-Penske top four

The last driver to go out on a run, Power set a two-lap average of 189.642mph to knock championship leader Josef Newgarden down to second after his team-mate had produced a blistering average of 188.316mph.

Power, who won at Pocono last weekend, carried over the pace that put him fastest in the first practice session at the series' last oval race of 2017.

The pole was his 50th in the combined Champ Car and IndyCar statistics.

Third place went to Helio Castroneves, who claimed pole position at Gateway's last IndyCar race in 2003, with reigning champion Simon Pagenaud finishing a fraction behind on the outside of the second row.

Fifth was oval-specialist Ed Carpenter, who couldn't match the pace of the Penske Dallara-Chevrolets but expects his car will have more speed to offer in the race.

The fastest Honda driver was Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, who will have Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon behind him in seventh.

Rounding out the top will be Carlos Munoz, Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe.

Sebastien Bourdais, making his return to the series after his crash at Indianapolis, will start in 19th place having not quite been happy with his car's qualifying set-up.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Speed
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 189.642
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 188.316
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 187.457
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 186.747
5 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 184.528
6 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 184.186
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 183.848
8 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 183.620
9 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 183.578
10 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 183.528
11 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 183.283
12 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 182.900
13 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 182.830
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 182.529
15 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 182.499
16 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 182.271
17 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 182.195
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 182.137
19 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 181.846
20 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 181.191
21 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 177.700


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