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IndyCar Laguna Seca

IndyCar Laguna Seca: Power takes record 68th pole as title rivals falter

Will Power scored a record-breaking 68th IndyCar pole for the 2022 finale at Laguna Seca, while main title rivals Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden both dropped out early in qualifying.

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

In the pole position shootout, Alexander Rossi and Callum Ilott hit the track early on used alternate tyres, while Power went out on primaries but then came straight back in and sat on pitlane, giving himself only one shot at pole.

Romain Grosjean was the first driver into the 1m11s to go fastest, but he was displaced by Ilott who delivered a 1m11.6320s in a remarkable effort in the one-car Juncos Hollinger Racing team.

Rossi looked like he was going to displace the young Brit but got squirrely through the Corkscrew, and fell 0.1378s short in a provisional second.

But then Power produced a 1m11.6127s lap to shade Ilott by 0.0193s on his sole flyer to take pole and the outright IndyCar record with 68, one more than Mario Andretti.

Power returned to the pits congratulated by Andretti himself, as he also moved one point further into the IndyCar championship lead.

It means Power firmly has the advantage going into the title decider, 21 points clear of Newgarden and Dixon, as Newgarden wrecked his weekend by crashing at the Corkscrew on his first timed lap in the first session of qualifying.

The Team Penske driver spun into the gravel and got wedged on the sharp decline between the track, leaving him stranded and out of qualifying and set to start on the back row of the grid.

Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet

Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet

Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Newgarden’s off had a knock-on effect to fellow title contender Dixon, as the first group of Q1 was then restricted to a one-lap shootout after Newgarden’s off, so the Chip Ganassi driver narrowly missed out in seventh place which dropped him out in his group.

Fellow IndyCar crown rivals Scott McLaughlin and Marcus Ericsson were both knocked out in Q2, with the Team Penske driver qualifying in eighth place and the Chip Ganassi driver in 10th.

In the early stages of Q2 Ilott went fastest ahead of Ericsson, but the Swedish driver spun on fresh red-walled tyres exiting the first part of the Corkscrew. He managed to keep his car running but he would lose one good lap due to the yellow flag, leaving him 10th on the final results.

McLaughlin also slipped up late on in Q2, when he drifted wide at Turn 4 on his fastest lap and dropped to eighth.

With Ilott securing his best IndyCar qualifying result of his rookie campaign in second place behind polesitter Power, Rossi had to settle for third as the lead Andretti car just ahead of team-mate Grosjean in fourth.

Outgoing IndyCar champion Alex Palou took fifth for Chip Ganassi Racing, ahead of Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in sixth.

David Malukas just missed out on the pole shootout by 0.008s in Q2, leaving him seventh ahead of McLaughlin, with Swedes Felix Rosenqvist and Ericsson rounding out the top 10.

IndyCar Laguna Seca - Qualifying Results

Q3

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval
1 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 3 1'11.6127    
2 United Kingdom Callum Ilott United States Juncos Hollinger Racing 3 1'11.6320 0.0193 0.0193
3 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 3 1'11.7698 0.1571 0.1378
4 France Romain Grosjean United States Andretti Autosport 2 1'11.7858 0.1731 0.0160
5 Spain Alex Palou United States Chip Ganassi Racing 3 1'12.1625 0.5498 0.3767
6 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United States Arrow McLaren SP 4 1'12.4542 0.8415 0.2917

Q2

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval
1 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 6 1'11.4238    
2 France Romain Grosjean United States Andretti Autosport 6 1'11.4793 0.0555 0.0555
3 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 7 1'11.4871 0.0633 0.0078
4 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United States Arrow McLaren SP 7 1'11.5472 0.1234 0.0601
5 Spain Alex Palou United States Chip Ganassi Racing 7 1'11.5857 0.1619 0.0385
6 United Kingdom Callum Ilott United States Juncos Hollinger Racing 7 1'11.6215 0.1977 0.0358
7 United States David Malukas United States Dale Coyne Racing 7 1'11.6295 0.2057 0.0080
8 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin United States Team Penske 7 1'11.6916 0.2678 0.0621
9 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Arrow McLaren SP 7 1'11.7285 0.3047 0.0369
10 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 5 1'12.1359 0.7121 0.4074
11 France Simon Pagenaud United States Meyer Shank Racing 5 1'12.2808 0.8570 0.1449
12 Brazil Helio Castroneves United States Meyer Shank Racing 5 1'12.8856 1.4618 0.6048

Q1 G2

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval
1 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Arrow McLaren SP 7 1'11.3471    
2 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 6 1'11.3496 0.0025 0.0025
3 France Romain Grosjean United States Andretti Autosport 6 1'11.5631 0.2160 0.2135
4 Brazil Helio Castroneves United States Meyer Shank Racing 5 1'11.6618 0.3147 0.0987
5 United Kingdom Callum Ilott United States Juncos Hollinger Racing 7 1'11.9333 0.5862 0.2715
6 Spain Alex Palou United States Chip Ganassi Racing 7 1'12.0990 0.7519 0.1657
7 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout United States Ed Carpenter Racing 6 1'12.1442 0.7971 0.0452
8 Denmark Christian Lundgaard United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 7 1'12.2093 0.8622 0.0651
9 United States Colton Herta United States Andretti Autosport 6 1'12.2720 0.9249 0.0627
10 Canada Devlin DeFrancesco United States Andretti Autosport 7 1'12.2996 0.9525 0.0276
11 Japan Takuma Sato United States Dale Coyne Racing 6 1'12.4489 1.1018 0.1493
12 Canada Dalton Kellett United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 6 1'12.8001 1.4530 0.3512
13 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Paretta Autosport 6 1'13.5181 2.1710 0.7180

Q1 G1

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval
1 United States David Malukas United States Dale Coyne Racing 5 1'11.7507    
2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin United States Team Penske 5 1'11.8474 0.0967 0.0967
3 France Simon Pagenaud United States Meyer Shank Racing 5 1'11.8874 0.1367 0.0400
4 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 5 1'11.8960 0.1453 0.0086
5 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United States Arrow McLaren SP 5 1'11.9993 0.2486 0.1033
6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 5 1'12.0856 0.3349 0.0863
7 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 5 1'12.1722 0.4215 0.0866
8 United States Conor Daly United States Ed Carpenter Racing 5 1'12.2661 0.5154 0.0939
9 United States Kyle Kirkwood United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 4 1'12.4299 0.6792 0.1638
10 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 5 1'12.5970 0.8463 0.1671
11 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 5 1'12.8366 1.0859 0.2396
12 United States Jimmie Johnson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 5 1'13.4172 1.6665 0.5806
13 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 3      

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