McLaughlin, a rank outsider within the factors race with a 54-point deficit to Energy heading into the ultimate two races, pipped Newgarden by zero.078s within the decisive Quick Six session to safe the highest spot – though a six-place grid penalty for Newgarden’s engine change will drop him to eighth on the grid.
Factors chief Energy will subsequently line up on the entrance row of the grid, with spectacular rookie Christian Lundgaard lining up third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing forward of defending champion and 2021 Portland winner Alex Palou within the main Chip Ganassi Racing entry.
Palou, 43 factors down on Energy and fifth within the standings, fared significantly better than his team-mates who’re additionally within the thick of the title battle. Scott Dixon (14 adrift) and Marcus Ericsson (17 adrift) will begin down in 16th and 18th respectively, after managing the eighth and ninth quickest instances of their Q1 group.
Lundgaard initially set the benchmark of 58.448s within the Quick Six pole shootout, which neither Newgarden or McLaughlin might match on their first flyers.
Energy then went quickest, albeit briefly as he had by chance shifted up in Flip four whereas adjusting his entrance anti-rollbar. McLaughlin and Newgarden then each usurped the Australian, who ended up zero.112s shy of McLaughlin’s pole lap.
Palou could not deny Lundgaard the honour of greatest non-Penske driver, whereas Pato O’Ward within the prime Arrow McLaren SP entry was the slowest driver within the Quick Six however will line up fifth alongside team-mate Felix Rosenqvist.
The Swede narrowly missed out on a spot within the Quick Six after lapping simply zero.009s slower than sixth-placed Palou in Q2.
There, Newgarden had gone quickest with a 57.965s faster than McLaughlin’s eventual pole time forward of Lundgaard, Energy and McLaughlin.
Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
Behind Rosenqvist, eighth represented outcome for Colton Herta after he’d tapped the Flip 1 wall throughout his Q1 group and required a fast restore to his right-front suspension from his Andretti Autosport group to make sure he progressed.
The American, who has been linked with an AlphaTauri Method 1 berth if Pierre Gasly strikes to Alpine, was the highest-placed AA driver forward of team-mate Alexander Rossi.
Lundgaard’s rookie of the 12 months rival David Malukas took tenth spot for Dale Coyne Racing forward of Graham Rahal within the second RLL machine and Rinus VeeKay’s Ed Carpenter automotive.
Takuma Sato, a winner at Portland in 2018 for Rahal, will begin 22nd within the second DCR entry.
IndyCar Portland Quick Six Qualifying Outcomes