IndyCar Indianapolis: Power on pole for second Harvest GP race - Motor Informed

IndyCar Indianapolis: Power on pole for second Harvest GP race

Will Power took pole at the Indianapolis road course for the second Harvest Grand Prix race, while championship contenders Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon will start ninth and 15th respectively.

In the first qualifying group, Alex Palou of Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh used two fresh sets of red tyres to set a 1m09.2s lap and then followed up with a 1m09.1584s effort.

Colton Herta then responded with a 1m09.1017s which remained unmatchable, although Andretti stablemate Ryan Hunter-Reay drew within one-tenth of the pair to land P3.

Herta thus grabbed a championship point for his efforts and secured a guaranteed front-row start.

Felix Rosenqvist was fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing, but Race 1 polesitter Rinus VeeKay was only seventh after making a mistake on his quickest lap.

In the second group, 2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato went straight out on the red-walled tyre and set a 1m09.7584s, while Team Penske’s Power turned a 1m09.9s on the harder compound Firestone primaries.

IndyCar Indianapolis: Power on pole for second Harvest GP race - Motor Informed

Then switching to reds, Power then delivered the killer punch with a 1m08.9767s lap around the 2.439-mile road course, a quarter of a second faster than the next fastest driver in the group, Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport.

Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward was third, and so they will start third and fifth respectively, alongside Palou and Hunter-Reay.

Race 1 winner Josef Newgarden was fifth fastest in the faster group and so will begin ninth, while his championship adversary Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing was eighth – securing a 15th-place start.

Lap times in Group 2 were all within one second of Power’s pole, which is the 61st of his career and the fourth of the season.

Jack Harvey was fourth in the second group and will hence begin from seventh place for the combined grid, alongside Felix Rosenqvist.

Newgarden starts alongside Graham Rahal on the fifth row, who completes the top 10.

IndyCar Harvest GP 2 qualifying

Group 1

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Colton Herta Andretti Harding Dallara/Honda 1m09.1017s
2 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.0567s
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.0738s
4 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.1971s
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.2241s
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.2713s
7 Rinus Van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3040s
8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.3092s
9 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5722s
10 Helio Castroneves Arrow McLaren SP Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6744s
11 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8142s
12 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8644s
13 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0943s

Group 2

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.9767s
2 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.2548s
3 Patricio O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2710s
4 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4449s
5 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4790s
6 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Dallara/Honda 0.5024s
7 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5987s
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6057s
9 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.6310s
10 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9449s
11 Sebastien Bourdais A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9660s
12 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9764s

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