Pocono IndyCar: Will Power matches AJ Foyt with 53rd pole

Team Penske's Will Power took a crushing pole position for the 500-mile IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, while points leader Scott Dixon of Ganassi only managed 13th

Pocono IndyCar: Will Power matches AJ Foyt with 53rd pole

The result draws Power level with AJ Foyt on 53 poles, second in the all-time combined Indycar statistics - 14 behind record-holder Mario Andretti.

Power set a stunning two-lap average speed of 219.511mph on the 2.5-mile triangular oval circuit, which was close to 2mph quicker than the previous best at that point. His first lap nearly beat the 220mph barrier at 219.942mph.

He has won the last two IndyCar Pocono races as well as triumphing in the previous 500-mile superspeedway race, the Indianapolis 500.

Power's team-mate Josef Newgarden ensured an all-Penske front row with a 218.802mph average and was just ahead of second in the standings Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, who set a 218.758mph mark.

Dixon could only manage 13th in the starting order with a 216.410mph average. He complained about understeer afterwards. He can take some comfort from having won the 2013 Pocono IndyCar round from 17th on the grid.

Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport was fourth with a 217.806mph mark that pipped the third Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, in fifth with an average of 217.769mph.

Pagenaud in turn just edged Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' Robert Wickens, whose 217.612mph average placed him in sixth.

Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport team-mate Zach Veach, the fifth to run of 22 in the one-by-one qualifying, topped the times for much of the session with a 217.587mph mark having also led practice running earlier in the day.

He was edged down by those higher in the championship table running later in the order, to end up seventh.

Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing completed the top eight.

The qualifying session at 'The Tricky Triangle' Pocono track was held in difficult gusty conditions with variable cloud cover, and was the teams' first qualifying using IndyCar's revised superspeedway package.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Speed
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 219.511
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 218.802
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 218.758
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 217.806
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 217.769
6 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 217.612
7 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 217.587
8 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Dallara/Honda 217.296
9 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 217.009
10 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda 216.863
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Dallara/Honda 216.658
12 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 216.547
13 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 216.410
14 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 216.328
15 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 216.025
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 215.177
17 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 214.336
18 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda 214.225
19 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 211.919
20 Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 211.696
21 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 209.599
22 Conor Daly Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 208.951


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