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Road America IndyCar: Penske's Will Power on pole at Elkhart Lake

Penske driver Will Power secured pole position for Sunday's IndyCar race at Road America, top-level US single-seater racing's return to the famous Wisconsin circuit after a nine-year absence

The Australian set his best time of 1m42.211 late in the eight-minute 'Fast Six' pole shootout to move up to first place.

It is Power's first pole since the 2016 season opener in St Petersburg, when he failed to start due to a contentious concussion diagnosis.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was 0.165 seconds back, ahead of team-mate and practice three pacesetter Tony Kanaan.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud was fourth in the final segment of qualifying at the wheel of his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.

Fellow Penske driver Helio Castroneves qualified fifth, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal ending the session sixth. He was the only one of the top six to run on the harder black Firestone tyres.

Max Chilton, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Conor Daly were best of those eliminated in the 12-minute second session of qualifying, just missing out on spots in the top six.

Carlos Munoz, who lost out on track time in final practice due to an engine problem, will complete the top 10 on the grid for Sunday's race. Charlie Kimball and Sebastien Bourdais were next up.

Mikhail Aleshin will start 13th, having been the first to drop out in group one. Juan Pablo Montoya just missed out on progressing in group two and will line up alongside Aleshin on row seven.

The next row on the grid will feature Takuma Sato and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, with Spencer Pigot and Jack Hawksworth behind them.

Gabby Chaves was second slowest in group one and will start 19th, alongside Josef Newgarden.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver spun and brought out the red flags at the end of the second session, with his two best laptimes being deleted.

Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, who had his two quickest times deleted due to blocking, will start the ninth round of the 2016 IndyCar season from last place.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.2105s -
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.3759s 0.1654s
3 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.7279s 0.5174s
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.8573s 0.6468s
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.9449s 0.7344s
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.7782s 1.5677s
7 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.7519s -
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m42.8318s -
9 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.1073s -
10 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.2001s -
11 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.2649s -
12 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.3291s -
13 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.4024s -
14 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.3570s -
15 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m43.5357s -
16 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m45.0840s -
17 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.6432s -
18 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m45.5110s -
19 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.6672s -
20 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 4m19.1862s -
21 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.7289s -
22 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 4m29.0408s -

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