Pato O’Ward was the primary driver to set a consultant time on used reds within the Quick Six shootout, a 67.0852s, earlier than pitting instantly to seize one other set of worn reds.
His time withstood the primary efforts by Scott McLaughlin of Staff Penske-Chevrolet and his personal team-mate Felix Rosenqvist.
Then he lowered the mark nonetheless additional to 66.7054s, a superb lap of 121.861mph across the 2.238-mile course in Ohio that ensured he was over zero.13s forward of McLaughlin, and half a second up on Rosenqvist, who within the earlier two segments had seemed sooner than the 2018 Indy Lights champion.
In actual fact, Rosenqvist was despatched to the skin of the second row by Andretti Autosport Colton Herta.
The end result means O’Ward is the ninth completely different polesitter in 9 races within the 2022 IndyCar Collection.
Scott Dixon was the quickest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas on the observe the place he has gained six instances, albeit zero.7s off the final word tempo, whereas Simon Pagenaud’s resolution to run two units of reds on his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda in Q2 helped get him into the Quick Six however clearly hampered him within the closing shootout.
Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
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Scott McLaughlin, Simon Pagenaud and Callum Ilott began the Q2 session on Firestone’s alternates, and positive sufficient they went to the highest, maybe surprisingly with Ilott on the high initially, earlier than McLaughlin beat him by zero.12s.
Nonetheless, whereas he was nonetheless on primaries, David Malukas was capable of ship the Dale Coyne Racing w/HMD-Honda to the highest of the pace charts with a 67.1309s.
Then Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi every then took turns on the high, earlier than Colton Herta ducked all the way down to 66.7953s, and was then shaded by Scott Dixon – by a mere zero.0007sec!
The instances continued to tumble, with the AMSP vehicles of Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward once more zero.2s aside, pushing Dixon down to 3rd, earlier than McLaughlin launched the #three Penske-Chevrolet to the highest of the instances with a 66.5341s.
Herta and Pagenaud accomplished the highest six, however defending champion Alex Palou was pushed out of the highest six.
Malukas was disenchanted that O’Ward wasn’t penalised for holding him up, leaving him eighth, though simply forward of the motive force who beat him to the Indy Lights title, Kyle Kirkwood.
The AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy driver was ninth, however might be pleased with with the ability to beat two shock non-graduates to the Firestone Quick Six, Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet who has seemed sturdy this weekend, and the person who Kirkwood will exchange at Andretti Autosport subsequent yr, Rossi.