Road America IndyCar: Josef Newgarden leads all-Penske front row

Josef Newgarden and Will Power defeated Andretti Autosport in a head-to-head shootout for a Penske one-two in qualifying for IndyCar's Road America race

Road America IndyCar: Josef Newgarden leads all-Penske front row

Alexander Rossi, who enters the weekend second in the championship standings, led team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay after the first of two flying laps in the 'Fast Six'.

Penske's Newgarden and Power opted to run on the slower black compound tyres for their first run in order to slightly wear the tyres for Sunday's race and help a three-stop strategy - regarding as the quickest tactic.

But once the duo had fitted the quicker red compound tyres, Power went top of the times briefly before Newgarden's 1m43.2026s lap beat him by 0.0482 seconds.

Hunter-Reay deposed Rossi for third at the flag as Andretti locked out the second row of the grid.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens qualified fifth ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, who opted to head out first and lap on a clear track.

That meant he lost a provisional pole position after the first flying laps as late improvements bumped his Dale Coyne Racing entry run in conjunction with Vasser-Sullivan down the order.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato and IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon narrowly missed out on the 'Fast Six' and qualified in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sato's team-mate Graham Rahal was ninth ahead of Spencer Pigot.

Simon Pagenaud blamed an increase in temperature for narrowly missing out on the top 12 segment of qualifying, and he will start 14th ahead of Marco Andretti.

SPM's pace had impressed in Road America practice but while Wickens made the top five, team-mate James Hinchcliffe was only 15th in qualifying.

AJ Foyt Racing's struggles on road and street courses continued with Tony Kanaan qualifying 18th and Matheus Leist securing 20th.

Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton were 19th and 22nd after Carlin had enjoyed an upturn in form in recent weeks.

Former Force India Formula 1 development driver Alfonso Celis Jr was 21st on his debut IndyCar weekend for Juncos Racing.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.2026s -
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.2508s 0.0482s
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.3811s 0.1785s
4 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.4361s 0.2335s
5 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.7121s 0.5095s
6 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.7332s 0.5306s
7 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.1108s -
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.1769s -
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.1874s -
10 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.1995s -
11 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.2265s -
12 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.3544s -
13 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7356s -
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.4153s -
15 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m43.9843s -
16 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.8591s -
17 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.0189s -
18 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.1165s -
19 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m45.1161s -
20 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.3438s -
21 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m45.5584s -
22 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.3442s -
23 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.6258s -

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