Texas IndyCar: Will Power leads Simon Pagenaud in Penske front row

Will Power will lead an all-Penske front row for Saturday night's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway after edging out Simon Pagenaud to secure pole

Texas IndyCar: Will Power leads Simon Pagenaud in Penske front row

Power went out right at the start of the session and set the bar at 218.519mph.

That proved to be enough to see off the entire field, although Pagenaud's own average speed was just 0.1mph off.

Indeed, for much of the session the grid had looked primed to be a Penske 1-2-3-4, but Andretti's Carlos Munoz derailed that at the very end when he bumped Colombian compatriot Juan Pablo Montoya from the outside of the second row with his 217.831mph effort.

Despite the final outcome, both Power and Penske's domination had looked under threat numerous times: Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves were quicker than Power on their first timed lap but dropped away on the second.

Similarly, James Jakes and Scott Dixon were quick enough on their first lap to earn a provisional spot on the first two rows, but they too fell away on lap two.

The cars are scheduled to return to the track once more later in Friday for the evening practice session.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
4 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
8 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
9 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
10 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
12 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda
13 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda
14 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
15 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
16 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda
17 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda
18 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet
19 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda
20 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda
21 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda
22 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda
23 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet

Grid set by average speed across a two-lap run

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