Impressive youngster Josef Newgarden has claimed the first pole position of his IndyCar Series career with an impressive qualifying display at the Milwaukee Mile oval.

The CFH Racing driver – who has already claimed race wins in Alabama and Toronto this year – drew the fifteenth run in Sunday afternoon’s two-lap qualifying dash, and posted an average speed of 170.223mph (273.947km/h) to beat the provisional benchmark that had just been posted by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan.

The American’s time ultimately proved unbeatable, with only Schmidt Peterson Motorsport stand-in Ryan Briscoe able to get close. Having struggled to find a decent balance in practice, the Australian leveraged teammate James Jake’s set-up and used it to great effect – Jakes himself qualified a solid fifth-fastest.

Sage Karam was another youngster to show the more seasoned drivers how it should be done, putting his Ganassi entry third-fastest to achieve an all-Ganassi second row.

Graham Rahal – the winner last time out in Fontana – qualified sixth-fastest in the family-run entry, and was left to regret taking a little too much rear downforce off his car before qualifying.

Markedly changed track and weather conditions between practice and qualifying saw a number of missteps in set-up decisions.

The championship-leading Team Penske outfit had easily its worst qualifying result of the season. Series leader Juan Pablo Montoya was the fastest of the four-car stable in eighth, while teammates Will Power (14th) and Simon Pagenaud (17th) will have a tough challenge trying to make up lost ground in the race.

But their woes were nothing in comparison to the fourth car of Hélio Castroneves, which was not delivered to the scrutineers on-time for pre-qualifying inspection. He was forbidden from attempting a qualifying run and starts from the last row.

The 250-lap race gets underway at 4:35pm local time (GMT-5).


2015 IndyCar Series ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 – Qualifying Results
Grid Driver Team / Entry Avg Speed
1. Josef Newgarden us CFH Racing 170.223mph
2. Ryan Briscoe au Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 170.086mph
3. Sage Karam us Chip Ganassi Racing 169.639mph
4. Tony Kanaan br Chip Ganassi Racing 169.542mph
5. James Jakes uk Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 169.317mph
6. Graham Rahal us Rahal Letterman Lanigan 169.126mph
7. Charlie Kimball us Chip Ganassi Racing 169.122mph
8. Juan Pablo Montoya co Team Penske 169.108mph
9. Marco Andretti us Andretti Autosport 168.994mph
10. Scott Dixon nz Chip Ganassi Racing 168.650mph
11. Sébastien Bourdais fr KV Racing Technology 168.462mph
12. Gabby Chaves co Bryan Herta Autosport 168.364mph
13. Takuma Sato jp A.J. Foyt Racing 168.288mph
14. Will Power au Team Penske 167.978mph
15. Justin Wilson uk Andretti Autosport 167.863mph
16. Ryan Hunter-Reay us Andretti Autosport 167.690mph
17. Simon Pagenaud fr Team Penske 167.422mph
18. Carlos Muñoz co Andretti Autosport 166.545mph
19. Stefano Coletti mc KV Racing Technology 166.410mph
20. Tristan Vautier fr Dale Coyne Racing 165.786mph
21. Jack Hawksworth uk A.J. Foyt Racing 164.827mph
22. Ed Carpenter us CFH Racing 164.005mph
23. Pippa Mann uk Dale Coyne Racing 159.214mph
DNQ. Hélio Castroneves br Team Penske no time

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