Will Power grabs St Pete pole in Penske 1-2-3-4

Will Power recovered from a practice crash on Friday to take his sixth pole position in seven years around the streets of St Petersburg.

The Australian driver led a Team Penske cleansweep of front two rows, with Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

Power’s lap of 1m00.2450s was enough to beat Frenchman Pagenaud by 0.1971s to take his 43rd Verizon IndyCar Series pole position, while Brazilian Castroneves and Colombian Montoya were 0.2545s and 0.2862s back respectively.

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon was the best of the rest in fifth for Chip Ganassi Racing, while former champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will start sixth for Andretti Autosport, with the American the only Honda representative in the fast six shootout for pole position.

Just missing out on the top six was Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal, while the sole KVSH Racing entry of Sebastien Bourdais qualified eighth ahead of James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Racing.

Jack Hawksworth completed the top ten just ahead of Foyt team-mate Takuma Sato, while Josef Newgarden was the final driver to make it through to Q2, and will start in twelfth for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Rookies Max Chilton, Alexander Rossi, Conor Daly and Spencer Pigot were all eliminated from their respective groups in Q1, as well as former series champion Tony Kanaan, who will start down in P20.

St Petersburg Qualifying Result

112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1m00.2450s
222Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1m00.4421s
33Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1m00.4995s
42Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1m00.5312s
59Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1m00.5395s
628Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1m00.8803s
715Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m00.5893s
811Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1m00.6711s
95James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m00.6724s
1041Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1m00.7188s
1114Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1m00.9745s
1221Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m01.0571s
1326Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1m01.1856s
1483Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1m01.0433s
1527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1m01.2417s
1619Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing1m01.1699s
178Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1m01.5372s
187Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m01.2934s
1998Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport1m01.5794s
2010Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1m01.3414s
2118Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1m01.9385s
2216Spencer PigotUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m01.3881s