Team Penske's Will Power Wins Mid-Ohio IndyCar Pole

Alexander Rossi Staying At Andretti Autosport

Scott Stiller
July 27, 2019 - 4:46 pm
Team Penske's Will Power Wins Pole Position For Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio

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LEXINGTON, OHIO (93.7 The Fan) – Team Penske’s Will Power is on the pole position for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Power turned a fast lap of 1:05.1569 (124.757 mph) around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile natural terrain road course to beat Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi by 0.3748-seconds (124.044 mph) in the final round of knockout-style qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s been such a bad year, I was very determined to get the pole here,” said Power.  “I messed up at Toronto and at other times this year so I’m happy for my team and for our sponsors.”

The pole position was Power’s third of 2019 and 57th of his career.

“Will went out real slow and I did two ‘push’ laps in a row,” said Rossi.  “I think I just ran out of tire.”

Points leader Josef Newgarden will line up third after a fast lap of 1:05.7885 with his teammate Simon Pagenaud fourth with a best lap of 1:05.8958.

“I wish we would have used our first set of reds (Firestone alternate tires),” said Newgarden.  “The track actually got faster.  It was a monster lap by Will.”

Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais (1:06.2040) will line up fifth followed by Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist (1:06.4914) in sixth.

In the second round of qualifying Harding-Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta, Ganassi’s Dixon, Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey, Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and Arrow Schmidt Petersen Motorsports James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson failed to make it through to the Fast Six Shootout for the pole position.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing cars of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato failed to make it out of the first round of Group 1 along with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot, Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti and AJ Foyt Racing’s Matteus Leist.

In the first round of Group 2, the cars of Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferucci, Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton and RC Enerson, Carpenter Racing’s Ed Jones, Andretti’s Zach Veach, and AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan failed to advance.

There is a 30-warmup on Sunday from Noon to 12:30 P.M. with the green flag falling at 4:05 P.M. ET for 90-laps of racing.

 

Alexander Rossi Staying at Andretti Autosport

The biggest pending free-agent in the NTT IndyCar Series is off-the-market. Andretti Autosport announced on Saturday at Mid-Ohio that Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda, is staying with the team.  Rossi’s deal was set to expire after the end of this season.  Terms of the Multi-year agreement were not announced.

“We’ve been working hard on this and I’m happy to see it come together,” said Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO.  “Since 2016 we’ve built a strong relationship with NAPA Auto Parts – they’re such a natural fit for the series, Alexander and the for the team and we’re pleased to be able to continue working with them into 2020 and beyond.”

“It feels good to continue with Andretti Autosport,” said Rossi.  “Over the past 4-years, we’ve built a very strong team with great chemistry and I believe that we have the tools necessary to win races and championships.” 

Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti and Alexander Rossi Agree To Multi-year Deal
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Primary sponsorship for Rossi will be split between NAPA and long-time Andretti partner AutoNation.

“We first met AutoNation through Ryan Hunter-Reay-and we can’t thank Ryan enough for his support and efforts in helping the continued growth of that relationship,” said Andretti.  “It’s been exciting to see AutoNation grow within the sport and to see them now welcome Alexander to their family is just great.”

Andretti also announced they will continue to run Honda engines in the future as well.

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