Newgarden beats Harvey to pole for IndyCar Road America opener

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has taken pole position for the first of the two races at Road America this weekend

Newgarden beats Harvey to pole for IndyCar Road America opener

Qualifying for the first race of the double-header - which will be held in front of fans for the first time this season - saw the field split across two 14-minute sessions, with the fastest driver from the quickest session starting from pole.

Newgarden topped the second session on a 1m45.519s, which was two-tenths faster than session one pacesetter Jack Harvey.

This marks Newgarden's second pole of the year after clocking the fastest time at the opener in Texas, and the second successive weekend that Michael Shank Racing's Harvey has been narrowly pipped to his maiden IndyCar pole by a Team Penske driver.

Last weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course it was Newgarden's team-mate Will Power who claimed pole, and he was amongst the pole favourites prior to qualifying after topping the solitary practice session earlier on Saturday.

However, Power could only manage fifth on the grid, with the second row comprised of Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal.

Dale Coyne Racing's Santino Ferrucci survived an in-session drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane to claim sixth.

Colton Herta, who became the youngest-ever IndyCar polesitter at this circuit last year, will share the fourth row of the grid with Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist led the majority of the opening session before eventually slipping to fourth in the session and eighth on the grid by the time of the chequered flag.

His championship-leading team-mate Scott Dixon, who has started the season with back-to-back race wins, will start Saturday night's race from ninth on the grid.

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Dixon will be joined on the fifth row by Marco Andretti, who earned his best grid position of the season so far in 10th.

Alexander Rossi's difficult start to the season continued as he could only manage 11th place on the grid, despite dominating last year's race at the circuit.

Simon Pagenaud could only muster a lowly 17th place, so the 2016 series champion will hope to repeat his charge from 20th on the grid to third last weekend at IMS.

IndyCar Road America 1 - Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1m45.5191s -
2 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1m45.7290s 0.2099s
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1m45.6563s 0.1372s
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan 1m45.7593s 0.2402s
5 Will Power Team Penske 1m45.8244s 0.3053s
6 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 1m45.7696s 0.2505s
7 Colton Herta Andretti Harding 1m45.8609s 0.3418s
8 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 1m45.8469s 0.3278s
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1m45.9324s 0.4133s
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1m45.9888s 0.4697s
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1m46.1365s 0.6174s
12 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 1m46.0356s 0.5165s
13 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 1m46.2980s 0.7789s
14 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing 1m46.1260s 0.6069s
15 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan 1m46.5368s 1.0177s
16 Rinus Van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing 1m46.1301s 0.6110s
17 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 1m46.7090s 1.1899s
18 Max Chilton Carlin 1m46.3878s 0.8687s
19 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing 1m46.8114s 1.2923s
20 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 1m46.4707s 0.9516s
21 Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP 1m47.1133s 1.5942s
22 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1m47.6862s 2.1671s
23 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1m47.5761s 2.0570s
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