IndyCar Mid-Ohio: Will Power leads Penske 1-2 in qualifying

Penske driver Will Power secured his fifth pole position of the 2017 IndyCar season, leading a 1-2 for the team in Mid-Ohio qualifying.

IndyCar Mid-Ohio: Will Power leads Penske 1-2 in qualifying

The Australian driver has yet to win at the Mid-Ohio circuit but will line up from the front of the field on Sunday, after setting the pace in the Fast Six.

Power put in a 1m04.1720s to take the 49th pole position of his career, and is now tied for fourth all-time with Bobby Unser.

His Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden, winner last time out in Toronto, was his nearest challenger, missing out on pole by just 0.1347s but landing his first front row start of the season.

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato was the sole Andretti driver through to the final qualifying session and he finished third, ahead of Graham Rahal - who suffered a big slide on his final run.

Helio Castroneves will start fifth on the grid, with five-time Mid-Ohio winner and championship leader Scott Dixon in sixth - the only Ganassi car to make it out of the first session.

Last year's IndyCar champion and Mid-Ohio winner Simon Pagenaud just lost out on a spot in the Fast Six by 0.0488s, and had to settle for seventh.

Toronto podium finishes James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi will start eighth and ninth, just ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was an early pacesetter in the second session.

Conor Daly and ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will start Sunday's race from the sixth row of the grid. Charlie Kimball qualified 13th, with Marco Andretti, Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot next up.

Ganassi's Tony Kanaan originally made it through to the second session, fifth in his group, but he lost his fastest time after causing a yellow flag with a spin at the Turn 2 hairpin.

He will therefore start 17th, just ahead of team-mate Max Chilton, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and IndyCar returnee Mikhail Aleshin.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.1720s
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1347s
3 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5072s
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.6239s
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6765s
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.0207s
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1288s
8 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.2064s
9 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3186s
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3208s
11 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7025s
12 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.8648s
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.8210s
14 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.4209s
15 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.8617s
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4466s
17 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.1480s
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6883s
19 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1662s
20 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7720s
21 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0721s


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