Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay takes pole for Andretti

Ryan Hunter-Reay's hopes of remaining in the IndyCar title hunt received a boost after the Andretti driver triumphed in qualifying at Mid-Ohio

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay takes pole for Andretti

Hunter-Reay set his 1m05.3519s with just over a minute still on the clock, but it was good enough to hold up against the last-ditch efforts from his rivals.

Penske's Will Power came closest, missing out by 0.18 seconds, with Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti claiming the second row.

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Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti secured row three, meaning that all three Ganassi cars will start inside the top six - a particularly impressive effort on the part of Kimball's crew, who had to repair their car after a heavy crash in morning practice.

Current points leader Helio Castroneves joined James Hinchcliffe in providing the early upsets, with both facing the prospect of starting from the back end of the field after being knocked out of the first group.

There was also drama for BHA rookie Luca Filippi, who was stripped of his two fastest laps after going off and causing a red flag during the first qualifying phase.

Had his times been allowed to stand, the Italian would have been fourth-fastest in his group.

Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m05.3519s 2. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m05.5359s +0.1840s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m05.7051s +0.3532s 4. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m05.8566s +0.5047s 5. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m06.4415s +1.0896s 6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1m06.5854s +1.2335s 7. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m05.9405s Round 2 8. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m05.9412s Round 2 9. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m05.9621s Round 2 10. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m06.1778s Round 2 11. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m06.3379s Round 2 12. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m06.4071s Round 2 13. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m06.2198s Group 1 14. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1m06.1856s Group 2 15. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m06.2280s Group 1 16. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m06.1989s Group 2 17. James Davison Coyne/Honda 1m06.2839s Group 1 18. Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy 1m06.2109s Group 2 19. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m06.5334s Group 1 20. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m06.2537s Group 2 21. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m07.0895s Group 1 22. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m06.4002s Group 2 23. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m07.4107s Group 1 24. Luca Filippi Herta/Honda 1m06.8757s Group 2 All drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis 
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