Chevrolet continues to enjoy a noticeable edge over Honda on both IndyCar road and street courses.
Will Power broke the GP of Indy track record on his way to securing pole position for the race, laying down a lap of 1:09.4886 (126.357mph). This stands as his 39th career pole and second of the 2015 season.
"Just really happy to be on pole," said the pole man. "Qualifying's a day where you put absolutely everything on the line. It's my favorite part of the weekend. Well, no, actually it's winning on Saturday or Sunday is definitely my favorite part."
"Actually surprised me on old tires there in the Fast Six, the time that I laid down," said the pole man. "It just shows the team has done a great job with the car. All teammates in the Fast Six, too. We're pushing each other hard. Got the Ganassi boys there knocking on the door all the time. Got our work cut out for us."
The Team Penske quartet all placed inside the top five, split up by Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon in second. Castroneves and Montoya fill out row two with Pagenaud fifth.
"We figure he's (Dixon) the main threat. He's been quick all weekend," admitted Power. "I don't even know what the time was at the end. I did everything I could on new tires, which wasn't very much faster than old tires. It was less than a tenth."
In an impressive show of strength, Chevrolet's took every single spot inside the top ten with Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastian Saavedra (2014 pole-sitter), Luca Filippi, and Stefano Coletti rounding out the tp ten.
Jack Hawksworth was the best of the Honda drivers in 11th place for AJ Foyt, a full second adrift of the pole speed. No Chevrolet qualified lower than 15th as Francesco Dracone ended qualifying in last place (25th).
Close, but no cigar
At the end of the first round it was James Hinchcliffe (.07 away from advancement) and Charlie Kimball (.075 away from advancement) just missing out on the second part of the session.
As drivers fought for one of those coveted positions inside the 'Fast Six,' Dixon was able to displace Bourdais as the clock ran out, edging the Frenchman by .026.
No major incidents took place in qualifying, although four drivers were investigated and later cleared of a possible infraction.
|1||Will Power||Team Penske||1m09.4886|
|2||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||0.2270|
|3||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||0.2502|
|4||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske||0.3186|
|5||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||0.3829|
|6||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||0.7886|
|7||Sebastien Bourdais||KV Racing||Q2|
|8||Sebastian Saavedra||Chip Ganassi Racing||Q2|
|9||Luca Filippi||CFH Racing||Q2|
|10||Stefano Coletti||KV Racing||Q2|
|11||Jack Hawksworth||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Q2|
|12||Josef Newgarden||CFH Racing||Q2|
|13||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Q1|
|14||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Q1|
|15||J.R. Hildebrand||CFH Racing||Q1|
|16||Gabby Chaves||Bryan Herta Autosport||Q1|
|17||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Q1|
|18||Justin Wilson||Andretti Autosport||Q1|
|19||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Q1|
|20||James Jakes||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Q1|
|21||Carlos Munoz||Andretti Autosport||Q1|
|22||Takuma Sato||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Q1|
|23||Carlos Huertas||Dale Coyne Racing||Q1|
|24||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Q1|
|25||Francesco Dracone||Dale Coyne Racing||Q1|