IndyCar Series championship leader Will Power has unleashed a sensational performance in qualifying for Sunday’s Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile to claim pole position for Sunday’s race.
The Team Penske lapped the one-mile oval with a two-lap average speed of 169.262mph. He was the only runner in the field to lap faster than 169mph, and finished up over half a mile per hour faster than fellow front-row man Tony Kanaan.
Power’s main championship rival, teammate Hélio Castroneves, will start from eighth position and will have to work his way forward if he hopes to keep the five-point deficit to the Australian in check.
Fellow championship contenders Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay had poor sessions, qualifying sixteenth and nineteenth respectively.
It was a Penske/Ganassi affair on the first two rows, with Juan Pablo Montoya continuing his evergreen form to go third-fastest, while Ryan Briscoe popped up in fourth in the second of Ganassi’s four entries.
Fastest of the Honda runners was Josef Newgarden, who celebrated the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team’s upcoming merger with Ed Carpenter Racing by qualifying fifth-fastest. The top ten was completed by Charlie Kimball, Ed Carpenter, Castroneves, Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato.
It was a less than stellar session for a few more-fancied runners. Reigning champion Scott Dixon qualified eleventh, while James Hinchcliffe – who’d been fastest in final practice despite crashing – was thirteenth in his repaired Andretti entry.
2014 IndyCar Series Wisconsin 250 – Final Qualifying:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Avg. Speed|
|1.||Will Power||Team Penske Chevrolet||169.262mph|
|2.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||168.662mph|
|3.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske Chevrolet||168.579mph|
|4.||Ryan Briscoe||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||168.266mph|
|5.||Josef Newgarden||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda||168.233mph|
|6.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||168.123mph|
|7.||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet||167.775mph|
|8.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske Chevrolet||167.561mph|
|9.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport Honda||167.079mph|
|10.||Takuma Sato||A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda||166.915mph|
|11.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet||166.742mph|
|12.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||166.501mph|
|13.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport Honda||166.195mph|
|14.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda||166.032mph|
|15.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||165.851mph|
|16.||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda||165.818mph|
|17.||Jack Hawksworth||Bryan Herta Autosport Honda||165.614mph|
|18.||Sébastien Bourdais||KV Racing Technology Honda||164.421mph|
|19.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport Honda||164.211mph|
|20.||Carlos Muñoz||Andretti Autosport Honda||164.013mph|
|21.||Sebastián Saavedra||KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing Honda||162.535mph|
|22.||Carlos Huertas||Dale Coyne Racing Honda||159.787mph|
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