IndyCar: Mid-Ohio starting lineup – Will Power takes pole

Will Power took the pole position for the first race of this weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Team Penske’s Will Power took the pole position for the first of two races of the Honda Indy 200 doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 10th race of the 14-race 2020 IndyCar season.

Power took the pole position for this 75-lap race around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile (3.634-kilometer) natural terrain road course in Lexington, Ohio by recording a top lap time of 66.3343 seconds (122.543 miles per hour) in the first of two qualifying groups behind the wheel of his #12 Chevrolet.

This is the 60th pole position of his career, seven shy of Mario Andretti’s all-time record of 67.

Because of the nature of this doubleheader weekend, one qualifying group set the odd positions and the other set the even positions of the starting lineup for the opening races, with the odd positions going to the drivers in the group with the fastest overall driver.

While Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay posted the third fastest overall speed of the qualifying session, he led the second group and therefore qualified on the front row in second place behind the wheel of his #28 Honda. Both Power and Hunter-Reay scored bonus points for topping the speed charts in their respective qualifying sessions.

The second fastest overall driver in this session, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, qualified in third place behind the wheel of his #1 Chevrolet and is set to start alongside Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly in fourth behind the wheel of his #20 Chevrolet.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi qualified in fifth and sixth place behind the wheels of their #60 Honda and #27 Honda, respectively.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal, Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Rinus VeeKay and Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud are set to round out the top 10 on the starting grid in seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place behind the wheels of their #10 Honda, #15 Honda, #21 Chevrolet and #22 Chevrolet, respectively.

Championship leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, the reigning and six-time winner at the track, qualified in a disappointing 17th place behind the wheel of his #9 Honda.

Here is the full starting lineup for the first race of the 2020 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Starting Lineup
1st – Will Power
2nd – Ryan Hunter-Reay
3rd – Josef Newgarden
4th – Conor Daly
5th – Jack Harvey
6th – Alexander Rossi
7th – Felix Rosenqvist
8th – Graham Rahal
9th – Rinus VeeKay
10th – Simon Pagenaud
11th – Marco Andretti
12th – Max Chilton
13th – Colton Herta
14th – Santino Ferrucci
15th – Pato O’Ward
16th – Oliver Askew
17th – Scott Dixon
18th – Takuma Sato
19th – Zach Veach
20th – Alex Palou
21st – Marcus Ericsson
22nd – Charlie Kimball
23rd – Dalton Kellett

Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. ET this afternoon for the live broadcast of the first race of the 2020 Honda Indy 200 from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.