Will Power collected his 49th career Verizon IndyCar Series pole position ahead of the Honda Indy 200 in his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet, 0.135 seconds ahead of the competition. His time of 1:04.1720 was fast enough to capture the Australian driver’s fifth pole of the season ahead of teammate, Josef Newgarden, ensuring a Penske front row for tomorrow’s race.
Despite leading much of the Firestone Fast 6, Takuma Sato was forced to third fastest at the end of the session with Graham Rahal, Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon Completing the first three rows. An even split between Honda and Chevrolet was observed in the final segment of qualifying with the marque wearing the bow-tie finding the advantage late in the session.
The third year for manufacturer-specific aero kits was the first at the famed 15-turn circuit in Lexington, OH not to produce record-breaking times. Last year’s qualifying record of 1:03.87 continues to stand as the record after the mark was reset in 2015 and 2016.
Those that were eliminated at the completion of the Round 2 included Simon Pagenaud, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Conor Daly and Estebam Gutierrez.
The entire qualifying session saw only one interruption in green flag running when Tony Kanaan spun his No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, brining out a caution at the end of the first group
Tomorrow’s television broadcast for the Honda Indy 200 is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern with the green flag start scheduled for 3:47 p.m. The 13th round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series will also be covered in audio by the Advanced Autoparts IndyCar Radio Network at RaceControl.IndyCar.com.