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Palou snatches pole by 0.09s from Lundgaard

Spaniard Alex Palou secured his fourth career pole position during qualifying for the IndyCar race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Palou’s late flyer of 1m09.0004s put him at the top of the leaderboard on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit, marking his first pole on this track.

Christian Lundgaard of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing claimed second place, just 0.0917s behind Palou, while Team Penske’s Will Power settled for third after a dramatic late run. Power initially led the pole shootout before Lundgaard took the top spot briefly before Palou’s final push.

Josef Newgarden of Team Penske finished fourth, followed by Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren in fifth and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing in sixth place. Lundgaard and Power battled for first during the qualifying stages, with Power ultimately securing the top spot by a narrow margin.

Marcus Armstrong of Chip Ganassi Racing and Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing rounded out the top nine qualifiers. Felix Rosenqvist of Meyer Shank Racing finished 10th, with Pietro Fittipaldi of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 11th and Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing in 12th place.

Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske missed out on advancing to the next stage of qualifying by a small margin, ending up seventh in his group. Championship leader Colton Herta encountered fuel issues during qualifying and will start 24th in the race after finishing 12th in his group.

Overall, Palou’s impressive pole position sets the stage for an exciting race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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