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Sport O'Ward grabs shock maiden IndyCar pole for second Road America race

19:16  12 july  2020
19:16  12 july  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has taken pole position for the first of the two races at Road America this weekend. This marks Newgarden's second pole of the year after clocking the fastest time at the opener in Texas, and the second successive Patricio O ' Ward . Arrow McLaren SP.

IndyCar qualifying at Road America to claim his second pole of the season, while for a second but Gavin [ Ward , race engineer] and me tried to figure out the pieces that were good and put them Scott Dixon, winner of the first two races of 2020, was fifth fastest in the second group, just ahead of

a close up of a toy car on the road: O'Ward grabs maiden IndyCar pole at Road America © LAT Images O'Ward grabs maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward earned a shock maiden IndyCar pole position for the second race of the Road America double-header.

O'Ward clocked a 1m44.897s in the dying moments of the second session to edge rookie Alex Palou, fresh from claiming his first IndyCar podium at the circuit on Saturday.

McLaren is making its full-time series return this season for the first time since the 1970s, in partnership with experienced IndyCar outfit Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

In Saturday's opening race at Road America, 21-year-old O'Ward was involved in two separate clashes with Conor Daly and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud but eventually came away with an eighth-place finish.

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Dixon maintains unbeaten start with Road America win. Canadian Indy Lights graduate Dalton Kellett became beached in the gravel shortly after the second Spaniard Alex Palou claimed his maiden IndyCar podium in only his third start in the series with Dale Coyne Racing , after he passed Andretti

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Ex-Red Bull junior O'Ward will share the race two front row with his 2018 Indy Lights title rival Colton Herta.

Andretti Autosport's Herta, who became the youngest-ever pole-sitter at last year's race at Road America, topped the opening session with a best effort that was within three-tenths of O'Ward's benchmark.

Dale Coyne Racing's Palou will start his fourth IndyCar race from third position ahead of Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished in that same position in race one.

a car parked in a parking lot: O'Ward grabs maiden IndyCar pole at Road America © LAT Images O'Ward grabs maiden IndyCar pole at Road America

Pitstop problems robbed Graham Rahal of a potential podium in the opening race, he'll share the third row in the second race with Scott Dixon - who has won all three races in 2020 so far.

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Josef Newgarden captured his second pole position of the NTT IndyCar Series season, turning the Teammate Will Power won the pole last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Now we’ve got to worry about the race car .” Jack Harvey, who was second fastest in practice, will start

The two -time and reigning champion set his best time far earlier in the session, on only his seventh lap, and before the track rubbered in. Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s rookie Alex Palou bounced back from a disappointing GP of Indy to run sixth fastest in his first encounter with the magnificent

Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Felix Rosenqvist enjoyed his strongest qualifying result of the year with seventh place ahead of 2014 series champion Will Power.

Team Penske's Power lost the race one lead to five-time series champion Dixon in the pitstops and was eventually forced to settle for second place in that race.

Meyer Shank Racing's Jack Harvey struggled to replicate his front-row pace from Saturday and ended up with ninth on the grid, directly in front of Alexander Rossi, who is still yet to better the 15th place he achieved at the season-opening race at Texas.

Defending series champion Josef Newgarden stumbled to 14th in qualifying, one day after taking his first pole position of the season.

His Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud had another difficult qualifying session as the 2016 champion struggled to 22nd on the grid after having to contend with an in-qualifying drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

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Newgarden had grabbed the pole position earlier in the day and seemed on his way to winning at The second caution flag came when Conor Daly slid off the course after making contact with Pato O ’ Ward , knocking Road America ’s setup made it an ideal venue for IndyCar to start allowing fans.

Scott Dixon won the first race of the Road America REV Group Grand Prix double header on Saturday, the third round of the NTT IndyCar Series near Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the 55-lap race from the pole , with a wild first lap ending with the Andretti Autosport cars of Alexander Rossi and Marco

IndyCar Road America II grid

PosDriverTeamCar
1Patricio O'WardArrow McLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet
2Colton HertaAndretti HardingDallara/Honda
3Alex PalouDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda
4Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda
5Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda
6Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet
7Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda
8Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda
9Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingDallara/Honda
10Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda
11Santino FerrucciDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda
12Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet
13Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet
14Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda
15Rinus Van KalmthoutEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet
16Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda
17Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda
18Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet
19Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda
20Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet
21Max ChiltonCarlinDallara/Chevrolet
22Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet
23Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet

Gallery: F1 2020: The teams and drivers (dw.com)

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Josef Newgarden became the first IndyCar driver to win from pole position at Iowa, as the reigning series champion dominated on his way to his first win of the season .Newgarden, who finished fifth in Friday night's first encounter at the 0.8-mile Iowa short oval, held position at the start ahead of Penske team-mate Will Power and Carlin's Conor Daly - the #1 Chevrolet powered machine easing into a comfortable lead.

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