It was an action packed qualifying session yesterday at Mid-Ohio, as Team Penske’s Will Power put his #12 Verizon Chevrolet on pole with a time of 1:04.172.
This is Power’s fifth pole of the season, and 49th of his career, which puts him fourth on the all-time list.
“I’m really excited for this pole,” said Power following the Verizon Fast Six. “The crew has really been on it all weekend here at Mid-Ohio. I’m ready for tomorrow’s race with what we feel is a really strong car.”
Power’s Penske teammate Josef Newgarden starts alongside him in second place, his best start of the season.
“I think we did a good job today,” said Newgarden. “It’s always tough to get pipped by your teammate by just a little bit, but ultimately it’s a good day for us on Team Penske. We have two cars up there on the front.”
As the time ran out in all three sessions, several drivers were less than pleased with the lack of room being given on track.
James Hinchcliffe, driver of the #5 Arrow Honda felt a lack of respect from some drivers, “Unfortunately we ran into some guys that were gapping pretty disrespectfully and not giving everybody the room that was needed; when there are only 12 cars on track, it’s pretty crazy that we can’t all find a gap.” Hinchcliffe starts the race in eighth position.
Championship leader Scott Dixon, who has dominated Mid-Ohio in years past, lines up in sixth.
|9.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||01:04.490|
|12.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||01:05.036|
|15.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||01:05.033|