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Power Edges Dixon for Pole at Road America

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Will Power grabbed the pole for the KOHLER Grand Prix after lapping in at 1:42.2105 (141.379 mph), edging out Verizon IndyCar Series championship rival Scott Dixon by 0.1554s.

Dixon set the fastest lap of the weekend in Q2 at 1:42.14, but failed to preserve a fresh set of red marked tires for the final round for a better shot at the top starting spot.

Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Tony Kanaan, came across third, followed by the Team Penske duo of Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves.

Graham Rahal took the final spot in the Firestone Fast Six, ending up as highest Honda in the running order. The No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver elected to save a set of red tires for Sunday’s race instead of going for pole.

The best of the rest was led by Max Chilton, who impressed in Q2 but failed to advance as time ran out on the Brit.

Ryan Hunter-Reay led Andretti Autosport with eighth, while rookie Conor Daly scored the best start of his career with ninth. Despite never starting in the top 10 previously in his career, Daly has finished among the top six in the previous three road/street course events.

After being cleared to run the rest of the weekend from IndyCar, Josef Newgarden spun his No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet at the Carousel during qualifying and will start tomorrow’s race from 20th.

Full results here:  indycar-results-quals

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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