Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

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e.dams-Renault’s Nicolas Prost is 2-for-2 in poles so far in Formula E after posting the fastest lap in tonight’s qualifying session for the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia.

However, the son of Formula One legend Alain Prost will have to serve a 10-spot grid penalty for his role in Nick Heidfeld’s nasty crash at the conclusion of September’s season opener in Beijing.

As a result, it will be Dragon Racing teammates Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio that will lead the field at the start of the 31-lap race, which comes later tonight at 1 a.m. ET. Prost will roll off from 11th.

Prost, Servia, and d’Ambrosio turned in the three fastest overall laps from the third of four qualifying groups. Servia, the long-time IndyCar pilot, went to the provisional pole with a 1:22.010 with less than two minutes remaining for Group 3, but Prost answered with a 1:21.779 that would stand up as the quickest time.

The final group saw practice leader Sam Bird shoot to fourth on the overall grid with a 1:22.235, while Beijing winner Lucas di Grassi and Jaime Alguersuari failed to post times after they both crashed during their runs. Those two drivers will have to start from the back of the field.

Bird and Daniel Abt will line up from Row 2, followed by Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok in Row 3. Nelson Piquet and Heidfeld are in Row 4, and Row 5 features Bruno Senna and Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham from Andretti Formula E. Brabham’s teammate, Franck Montagny, will start a bit farther back in Row 7 with Stephane Sarrazin.

FIA FORMULA E at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Qualifying Results
*1. Nicolas Prost, 1:21.779
2. Oriol Servia, 1:22.010
3. Jerome d’Ambrosio, 1:22.205
4. Sam Bird, 1:22.235
5. Daniel Abt, 1:22.342
6. Jarno Trulli, 1:22.347
7. Karun Chandhok, 1:22.612
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., 122.620
9. Nick Heidfeld, 1:22.720
10. Bruno Senna, 1:22.816
11. Matthew Brabham, 1:22.941
12. Antonio Felix da Costa, 1:23.194
13. Stephane Sarrazin, 1:23.240
14. Franck Montagny, 1:23.697
15. Michela Cerruti, 1:23.857
16. Ho-Pin Tung, 1:23.894
17. Sebastien Buemi, 1:25.319
18. Katherine Legge, 1:25.823
19. Jaime Alguersuari, No Time
20. Lucas di Grassi, No Time
*10-spot grid penalty

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.