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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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.