ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — A late tire change during qualifying earned Will Power the pole for today's IndyCar race at Road America.
He'll start in the front row for the Kohler Grand Prix after qualifying Saturday at 141.379 mph.
With a caution flag out in the middle of the last round of qualifying, Power's team changed tires on his No. 12 Chevy to a set of red Firestone alternates, which allow for faster speeds but wear out more quickly than regular, black-sidewalled tires.
"If we had lost the pole in the fast six (final session), we would have looked pretty bad with new tires," Power said of his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet.
James Hinchcliffe will start 22nd; he had his two best laps nullified for interference after an incident in the second qualifying session with rookie Alexander Rossi, who will start 16th.
NHRA: Kalitta Motorsports' Doug Kalitta and Del Worsham earned No. 1 qualifying positions at Norwalk, Ohio, their home track, for today's Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Worsham's track-record Funny Car run of 3.875 seconds at 328.70 mph from Friday held up and Kalitta retained the Top Fuel lead. Greg Anderson topped Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec was fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle.