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IndyCar Watkins Glen: Scott Dixon on pole by less than 0.1s

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon stormed to pole position in qualifying for IndyCar's first race at Watkins Glen in seven years

Having topped all three practice sessions, Dixon was at ease in his Dallara-Chevrolet to set a 1m22.5259s pole time.

Will Power almost didn't make it into the top six, but he was promoted to the final qualifying segment when Mikhail Aleshin was penalised for impeding Juan Pablo Montoya.

Power took advantage of that good fortune to land second on the grid thanks to a lap just 0.0483 seconds down on Dixon.

Sebastien Bourdais and Helio Castroneves finished third and fourth respectively, while Tony Kanaan and an elated Max Chilton will line up on row three for the race.

It was a tough day at the office for championship-leader Simon Pagenaud who missed out on the Fast Six in his Penske Dallara-Chevrolet, and will line up in row four in front of Montoya.

It was a controversial qualifying with a series of times being deleted altering the progress of some drivers' day.

James Hinchcliffe was visibly fuming after his time good enough to secure a place in the Fast 12 was deleted because of a spin out of Turn 7 on his first flying run in group one caused a yellow flag.

Graham Rahal suffered a similar fate in the second group when his time for sixth, which was good enough for the Fast 12, was deleted by stewards who deemed he had interfered with the result.

Takuma Sato lines up at the back having spun at Turn 7 into the tyre barriers.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m22.5259s
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.0483s
3 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2585s
4 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3489s
5 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3899s
6 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4805s
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9401s
8 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0234s
9 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1.1133s
10 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.2485s
11 R.C. Enerson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.4648s
12 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5724s
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.5218s
14 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 2.3669s
15 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1.5649s
16 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 3.0301s
17 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.7347s
18 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 3.9026s
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.9995s
20 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 35.6634s
21 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 2.6567s
22 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 49.8006s


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