Power secures his latest pole at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Will Power scored his 44th career Verizon IndyCar Series pole position, securing the Verizon P1 Award for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet didn’t set a new track record as he often does in IndyCar qualifying sessions, but with a best time of 1:42.2105 on Firestone’s red alternate tires he was the quickest in the Firestone Fast Six sessions.

It’s his second pole of the year but first he figures to actually start first from. He had the pole in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg but didn’t start the race because of an inner ear infection, which ruled him out of competition before Oriol Servia filled in.

It was a Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing Teams dominated Fast Six session, with the top five Chevrolet runners before Graham Rahal led the Honda efforts in P6.

Scott Dixon starts second in the yellow No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet with a best time of 1:42.3759 in the Fast Six, although he had the fastest time of qualifying at 1:42.1451 set in Q2.

It’s then Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet ahead of the fluorescent yellow No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet wheeled by series points leader Simon Pagenaud and the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet of Helio Castroneves. Rahal slots in sixth in the No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Of note elsewhere in the grid, Max Chilton (seventh) and Conor Daly (ninth) have season and career-best starting positions.

Carlos Munoz got a new engine in his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda and made it back out into 10th.

The two other drivers besides Dixon who are back from Le Mans – Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin – will start 12th and 13th.

Josef Newgarden spun in his session, calling it his own mistake, and caused a red flag. He’ll start 20th as he presses ahead two weeks after his collarbone and hand injuries.

James Hinchcliffe also lost his two fastest laps for qualifying interference and was diplomatically frustrated in an IndyCar Radio interview.

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Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”