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Power fourth on Indy grid in Wisconsin

Australia’s Will Power will start from fourth on the grid with his powerful team in unfamiliar territory in the IndyCar race at Road America in Wisconsin.

Sunday’s race is the ninth of the Indycar season making this the longest Team Penske has gone without a win to start a season since 1999 – when it finished winless.

They are certainly not panicking yet, with Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden on pole position after Saturday’s qualifying.

Three of the top six qualifiers were Team Penske drivers, with 2014 series champion Power fourth and Simon Pagenaud sixth.

“We’ve been well within striking distance.” said Newgarden.

Indeed, Team Penske’s had plenty of close calls through the first eight races – which produced seven different winners. It just hasn’t quite closed the deal.

That was particularly apparent during last weekend’s doubleheader at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Power seemed in control of the first race until his car wouldn’t restart after a red flag. Newgarden was edged by Pato O’Ward in the second race.

“We’re in the hunt every weekend, so I’m not dissatisfied with where we’re at,” Newgarden said. “We just need to pick it up here and hopefully have some of these results turn our way.

“That’s really what we need here for this second half, just to get a couple of things turning our way. I think other than that it’s been a really good year for the most part.”

Newgarden earned the pole Saturday by posting a fastest lap of 1 minute, 46.0186 seconds on a road course that extends just over 4 miles and features 14 turns. He will be joined on the front row by Colton Herta. Jack Harvey will start third.

O’Ward, who will start 10th on Sunday, owns a one-point lead over Alex Palou in the points standings.

Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden and VeeKay make up the rest of the top five in the points race. The second five includes Simon Pagenaud, Marcus Ericsson, Graham Rahal, Herta and Takuma Sato.

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