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Power beats Palou in Indy GP qualifying as Daly stars

May 13 2022
By Jack Benyon

Penske’s Will Power took his first IndyCar pole position of the season and his sixth at the Indianapolis road course in what has been an epic start to his season.

Reigning champion Alex Palou – seemingly the only Chip Ganassi Racing driver able to manhandle its car into a competitive position – held the pole for much of the Firestone Fast Six.

But while all the cars sat on pitlane, Power squirmed and weaved his way to an almighty effort to steal his maiden 2022 pole, the fifth different polesitter in as many races this year. Power hasn’t finished worse than fourth so far in five races.

It’s Power’s 64th IndyCar pole, three off Mario Andretti’s record.

Palou held on to start second, ahead of Josef Newgarden who had to have a clutch change in final practice, but every time he’s met with adversity this year the two-time winner seems to rebound.

Conor Daly claimed fourth position at a track he often pops into the top 10, even as his Ed Carpenter team-mate Rinus VeeKay went out early on.

The Arrow McLaren SP cars of Pato O’Ward (fifth) and Felix Rosenqvist just behind looked strong all qualifying but weren’t able to extract better laps in the heat of the moment late on.

Callum Ilott gave the Juncos Hollinger Racing one-car team another splendid result with a best start of 7th as the road course run has yielded big results for the squad.

He narrowly missed out on the Fast Six, but beat Rahal Letterman Lanigan duo Christian Lundgaard – fourth on his debut In qualifying last year here – and Jack Harvey.

Romain Grosjean was the top Andretti car in 10th ahead of Scott McLaughlin, but all eyes will be directly behind Grosjean, on Graham Rahal, who said he may retaliate when racing wheel to wheel with Grosjean after their clash at Barber.

McLaughlin’s loss compared to his Penske team-mates was a small error on the all-important first lap of the soft tyres.

Colton Herta was the first driver not to make it to the round of 12 and fell out of the first group.

The Andretti driver is one of IndyCar’s best qualifiers but struggled to make it by over a tenth, saying “we weren’t fast at all”.

Rinus VeeKay was absolutely baffled at the fact he thought his car balance was good, but the Barber polesitter last time out and last year’s race winner at this event didn’t make it out of the first group and starts 15th.

Alexander Rossi was another struggler in 16th behind Veekay, after struggling like Herta did in the second group to start qualifying.

Scott Dixon’s third successive qualifying result outside of the top 12 has him starting 21st, as he said he felt every time he goes out of the pits his car is different, and that it’s “horrendous” to start that far back amid struggles with the #9 team.

His team-mate Marcus Ericsson also struggled, starting marginally ahead of Dixon in 18th.

The bonus for the drivers not graduating is that they will have an extra set of soft tyres to use in the race, which is likely to be even more crucial in Saturday’s race because the anticipation is it will be a race that relies on those tyres.

However, forecast rain could impact that.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.554s 1m09.49s 1m09.766s
2 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.568s 1m09.411s 1m09.809s
3 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.715s 1m09.583s 1m09.834s
4 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.721s 1m09.638s 1m09.906s
5 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.47s 1m09.457s 1m10.054s
6 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.683s 1m09.437s 1m10.06s
7 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.702s 1m09.653s
8 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.677s 1m09.659s
9 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.791s 1m09.689s
10 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.821s 1m09.71s
11 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.551s 1m09.784s
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.745s 1m10.295s
13 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.823s
14 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.852s
15 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m09.955s
16 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.917s
17 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 1m10.13s
18 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.929s
19 Hélio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m10.141s
20 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m09.971s
21 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m10.169s
22 Kyle Kirkwood A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m10.195s
23 Juan Pablo Montoya Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m10.761s
24 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsport Dallara DW12-Honda 1m10.475s
25 Tatiana Calderón A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m11.002s
26 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m10.718s
27 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 1m11.459s

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