Herta beats Rossi to claim maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Colton Herta claimed his first IndyCar pole position at Road America, beating Alexander Rossi to the top spot as the pair traded places at the top of the timesheets

Herta beats Rossi to claim maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Herta, who is now IndyCar's youngest polesitter, set a lap time of 1m42.992s, which was less than two tenths of a second faster than Rossi.

Herta and Rossi topped their respective opening sessions, then locked out the top two spots in the second round of qualifying as well.

Will Power will line up third for tomorrow's race, just over three hundredths of a second off Rossi's pace, while his Penske team mate and defending Road America winner Josef Newgarden will start fourth.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan pairing Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato completed the Fast Six runners, with everyone in the final part of qualifying covered by less than nine tenths of a second.

Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais just missed out on a chance to compete for pole position, being bumped out of the top six late-on in the second qualifying session - he will start seventh.

It was a similar story for Marco Andretti, who set what looked to be a fast enough time until he too was knocked out late on. He rounded out the top-10, behind Spencer Pigot and James Hinchcliffe.

There was a number of early casualties, the biggest being Scott Dixon.

The five-time champion left it too late to set a time to advance to the second part of qualifying, but then suffered an engine issue on his way back to the pits between sessions. With him unable to set a lap in the second round, he had to settle with 12th place on the grid.

Dixon however will start ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and team mate Felix Rosenqvist, all of who failed to put a fast lap together in the first round of running.

Like Dixon, fellow Honda runner Santino Ferrucci also suffered with an unspecified engine issue which sidelined him early on.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Colton Herta Harding Racing Dallara/Honda 1m42.9920s -
2 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.1693s 0.1773s
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.3749s 0.3829s
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.6036s 0.6116s
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.8076s 0.8156s
6 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.8790s 0.8870s
7 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.2989s 0.3069s
8 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.3083s 0.3163s
9 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.3814s 0.3894s
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m43.3945s 0.4025s
11 Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.5162s 0.5242s
12 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda - -
13 Patricio O'Ward Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.6061s 0.6141s
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.4488s 0.4568s
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.6980s 0.7060s
16 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.4764s 0.4844s
17 Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.8913s 0.8993s
18 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.5038s 0.5118s
19 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.6179s 1.6259s
20 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.8570s 0.8650s
21 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m49.3060s 6.3140s
22 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.8745s 0.8825s
23 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.4183s 1.4263s
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