Will Power wins sixth IMS RC pole with GMR Grand Prix qualifying run

Will Power winning the pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course is like grass being green. While much of the hype for Friday’s NTT IndyCar Series qualifying for the GMR Grand Prix revolved around Conor Daly and Callum Ilott‘s impressive runs, Power walked away with his sixth pole on the road course.

Power’s time of 1:09.76 topped Álex Palou‘s 1:09.80. He previously won the IMS Road Course pole in 2015, 2017, 2018, and two of the three races in 2020, while he has five total IndyCar victories on the layout including the August date in 2021.

Palou was the lone non-Chevrolet driver in the Fast Six, a group that surprisingly contained Indiana native Daly. Daly qualified fourth behind the two mentioned and Josef Newgarden for his best run of the season and tied 2020 at Mid-Ohio for his strongest career road course qualifying effort. It is also Ed Carpenter Racing‘s second-best qualifying performance at the IMS GP after Rinus VeeKay‘s pole in the 2020 Harvest Grand Prix #1; VeeKay, the defending GMR GP winner, qualified fifteenth.

Pato O’Ward, who led Practice #2 earlier in the day, was fifth ahead of Felix Rosenqvist.

Ilott fell short of making the Fast Six, but he continued his strong weekend by qualifying seventh after being second in Thursday practice behind Palou. Trailing him by one spot was fellow rookie Christian Lundgaard.

“It was a shame to miss out by less than two hundredths, but that’s how it goes,” said Ilott. “It was just amazing to be able to put good laps in. I did a good job myself, so I was happy coming out of that.”

The GMR Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday.

Qualifying results

Position Number Driver Team Best Time Best Speed (mph)
1 12 Will Power Team Penske 1:09.7664 125.854
2 10 Álex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing 1:09.8090 125.777
3 2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1:09.8343 125.732
4 20 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.9063 125.602
5 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP 1:10.0546 125.337
6 7 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP 1:10.0605 125.326
7 77 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing 1:09.6530 126.059
8 30 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:09.6594 126.048
9 45 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:09.6899 125.992
10 28 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport 1:09.7100 125.956
11 3 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske 1:09.7847 125.821
12 15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:10.2950 124.908
13 51 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing 1:09.8239 125.751
14 26 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport 1:09.8527 125.699
15 21 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.9550 125.515
16 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1:09.9178 125.582
17 29 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Autosport 1:10.1306 125.201
18 8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 1:09.9294 125.561
19 06 Hélio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing 1:10.1417 125.181
20 60 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing 1:09.9717 125.485
21 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:10.1694 125.131
22 14 Kyle Kirkwood A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:10.1954 125.085
23 6 Juan Pablo Montoya Arrow McLaren SP 1:10.7610 124.085
24 18 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports 1:10.4755 124.588
25 11 Tatiana Calderón A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:11.0020 123.664
26 4 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:10.7187 124.160
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing 1:11.4599 122.872
Italics – Rookie

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