Newgarden made it by to the Quick Six remaining stage of qualifying and lapped the two.238-mile Mid-Ohio course in 66.673 seconds at a mean pace of 121.919mph, to shade Herta by simply zero.031s.
These two seemed to be in a league of their very own, as Will Energy slipped up on what ought to have been his finest lap within the Quick Six, in order that his ‘banker’ lap ended up as his quickest.
That allowed Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing to edge forward of him and into third place.
Ericsson’s team-mate Scott Dixon, a six-time Mid-Ohio winner, completed sixth, forward of the second quickest Andretti Autosport automobiles of Alexander Rossi.
Alex Palou, Marcus Ericssson and Scott Dixon all took their Chip Ganassi Racing automobiles out right away on scrubbed reds firstly of Q2 and every took turns on the high earlier than pitting for contemporary reds, as did the automobiles who laid down their banker laps utilizing Firestone’s more durable primaries.
Sebastien Bourdais incurred a drive-through penalty for exceeding the pitlane pace restrict within the AJ Foyt Racing which ruined his possibilities.
Newgarden, Herta, Energy and Rossi had been the category of the sector, coated by a single-tenth of a second, whereas a late surge from Dixon and Ericsson knocked their championship main team-mate Palou out of the highest six.
Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda
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Graham Rahal beat two of the Andretti Autosport automobiles that had moved on from Group 2, however he nonetheless didn’t fairly advance to the shootout for pole, and can roll off from eighth on the grid.
He’ll head James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Rinus Veekay – who returns from damage – and Bourdais finishing the highest 12.
Scott McLaughlin missed out on graduating to Q2 by zero.063s, whereas Romain Grosjean additionally did not advance, however the shocker was this morning’s follow chief Pato O’Ward dropping out.
Jack Harvey stopped his Meyer Shank Racing automobile simply past the chequered flag on the finish of the opening qualifying session, and whereas Alexander Rossi responded by burping the throttle somewhat and winding up eighth, Simon Pagenaud apparently didn’t and bumped his manner into third.
Rob Edwards, Rossi’s strategist then argued the case with Race Management that Rossi needs to be in, as a result of not solely ought to Harvey be penalised for inflicting the yellow, Pagenaud ought to lose his finest time for not slowing.
In truth, IndyCar did penalise Harvey, Pagenaud and Rossi, all shedding their finest instances – however Rossi’s second finest time was sufficient to get him by in sixth.
Mid-Ohio IndyCar – Quick Six outcomes