Team Penske’s Will Power took his fourth pole position at Mid-Ohio for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200. The Australian will be hoping that he can take the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet into Victory Lane for the first time this season. Power set a fastest time of 01:05.1569s and starts the race alongside Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport.
Speaking following the session he said:
“I have such a fire burning in me when I do a lap like that. So happy to get the pole. So happy. It’s great for confidence for me and for my guys. I feel so bad for my guys. I’ve made some mistakes, so it was good to pay those guys back with some positive energy, and for our supporters as well for all the effort they put in. It’s been a tough year. I had a lot of energy to get pole today. I really want to win a race now. The things that haven’t gone our way…it just starts to wear on you. For me, it just makes me faster and more aggressive that leads to mistakes. That was just a really neat, hard lap to put in. Not a sector was wrong. I studied all the data I could all week long to understand how to do every sector as perfect as possible.”
Alexander Rossi said:
Looking back at (qualifying), Will (Power) did a really slow first lap of his two-lap run and I did two push laps in a row. I think I ran out of tire because they were used Firestones by the time I got halfway through the lap and that’s where the deficit came from. A little bit of a strategy call they made better than us, but I think our race car is great. The boys have done a really good job overnight. We struggled yesterday. The NAPA Andretti Honda boys put their heads together and made it happen today and the front row is a good place to start.
Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet for Team Penske starts the race from third place just ahead of his team mate and Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet.
Speaking following the session Newgarden said:
Good day and good qualifying result for us on the PPG Chevy team. To qualify first, third and fourth is about as good as you can do, so great job overall by Team Penske. You could see how our work from the test we had here made a difference. Chevy’s done a phenomenal job – the last three or four weeks we’ve just been on it. That gives us a lot of confidence on the PPG car that we can tap into that consistency and have a strong result tomorrow.”
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing starts the race from fifth place and was delighted with the work done by his crew to get him into the Firestone Fast Six. The Frenchman starts the race just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 Clover Honda rounded out the Fast Six with a time of 01:06.4919s.
Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS Turbine Honda for Harding Steinbrenner Racing starts the race from seventh place just ahead of defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing who set a fastest time of 01:05.6999s.
Jack Harvey starts the race from ninth place in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing while Ryan Hunter Reay starts the race from 10th place just ahead of the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports duo of James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson.
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet starts the race from 13th place just ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for Carlin Racing starts the race from 16th place just ahead of Takuma Sato and Ed Jones.
Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 UniFirst Honda starts the race from 19th just ahead of his team mate Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda.
Matheus Matt Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing, RC Enerson in the No.31 Lucas Oil School of Racing Chevrolet and Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing round out the grid.