Baltimore, MD- Does it get any better than this for the Izod IndyCar Series and their newly found rivalry?
Last week, Scott Dixon and Will Power had some bad blood due to Dixon hitting a crew member of Power’s team when exiting his pit stall in Sonoma.
Dixon led 27 laps and was clearly well on his way to win his fourth race in the past five events and would have cut a chunk out of Power’s teammate Helio Castroneves’ points lead.
We all know the rest and what happened as both were blaming each other.
Saturday morning the rivalry continued as Power spun Dixon very early in the 45-minute final practice session in Turn 12.
Both would go on to make the Firestone Fast Six as Power was well on his way to his third pole in as many races at Baltimore and would put his Verizon Wireless Chevy on top as he was the lone Chevy representative in the session.
Dixon though bested Power’s lap as time expired in the 10-minute session with a time of 1:18.0838 in his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda earning his 20th career IndyCar pole and second of the season. The thrilling end put the duo on the Front Row for tomorrow’s 75 Lap race.
Power’s time was 1:18.1171 in his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet as the two with the most controversy last weekend and this morning will share Row 1. It will be Power’s ninth straight top five and 11th straight top 10 start of the season.
The favorite to win tomorrow’s race Simon Pagenaud will start behind them in third as he set a time of 1:18.4307 in his No. 77 HP Honda. Pagenaud was fastest in final practice this morning and fifth in the combined charts Friday.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson will join Pagenaud in Row 2 as he set a time of 1:18.8098 in his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.
Youngsters Josef Newgarden and Tristian Vautier rounded out the top six in today’s qualifying session.
Vautier, was lucky to be in there as he wrecked into the already stopped Graham Rahal near the end of Round 2 in Turn 8. Rahal, went straight into the tire barriers in the turn and was stopped for at least 10 seconds before Vautier slid in behind him.
Rahal who just set the fastest lap in that session was penalized and that inturn moved Dixon into the top six.
1. 9 Dixon
2. 12 Power
3. 77 Pagenaud
4. 19 J. Wilson
5. 67 Newgarden
6. 55 Vautier R
7. 3 Castroneves
8. 1 Hunter-Reay
9. 83 Kimball
10. 14 Sato
11. 27 Hinchcliffe
12. 15 Rahal
13. 16 Jakes
14. 98 Filippi R
15. 10 Franchitti
16. 11 Kanaan
17. 4 Servia
18. 25 Andretti
19. 78 de Silvestro
20. 20 Carpenter
21. 6 Saavedra
22. 5 Viso
23. 18 S. Wilson
24. 7 Bourdais
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