Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi continued his strong start to 2018, taking pole position for the third race of the IndyCar season at Long Beach by over three-tenths.
Practice pacesetter Rossi claimed his second-ever pole in the series with a 1m06.5528s on his one and only run in the final qualifying session, putting a Honda-powered car at the top of the pile.
Rossi beat the Chevrolet-propelled Penske of Will Power by 0.3526s in the final part of practice, which is reserved for the top six drivers from the previous session to fight it out for pole.
Power's team-mate Simon Pagenaud completed the top three, just 0.0053s further adrift.
Points leader and reigning champion Josef Newgarden was on course to beat both of his Penske stable-mates Power and Pagenaud before a mistake at Turn 8 reduced him to sixth, leaving Scott Dixon (Ganassi) to take fourth ahead of Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Rossi's Andretti team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay was left baffled after he received a drive-through penalty mid-session for a pitlane exit infringement, he could only manage seventh despite topping the opening qualifying group.
Defending Long Beach winner James Hinchcliffe was eighth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ahead of Dale Coyne's Sebastien Bourdais.
Hinchcliffe's SPM team-mate Robert Wickens rounded out the top 10, failing to make the final six for the first time in his rookie season in IndyCar.
Series veteran Tony Kanaan was 11th ahead of British rookie Jordan King who qualified 12th on his second appearance of the year with Ed Carpenter Racing, edging out last year's top newcomer Ed Jones and fellow rookie Matheus Leist.
Max Chilton's 15th place marked Carlin's best qualifying of its IndyCar venture so far, with his team-mate Charlie Kimball 23rd.
Slowest of all was 2017 IndyLights champion Kyle Kaiser, who damaged his left-rear tyre after contact with the barriers at Turn 9.
|1||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||Dallara/Honda||1m06.5528s||-|
|2||Will Power||Team Penske||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m06.9054s||0.3526s|
|3||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m06.9107s||0.3579s|
|4||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara/Honda||1m07.0483s||0.4955s|
|5||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Dallara/Honda||1m07.1275s||0.5747s|
|6||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m07.1922s||0.6394s|
|7||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Dallara/Honda||1m07.1415s||-|
|8||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Dallara/Honda||1m07.1899s||-|
|9||Sebastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing||Dallara/Honda||1m07.1943s||-|
|10||Robert Wickens||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Dallara/Honda||1m07.2289s||-|
|11||Tony Kanaan||AJ Foyt Enterprises||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m07.3478s||-|
|12||Jordan King||Ed Carpenter Racing||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m07.6427s||-|
|13||Ed Jones||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara/Honda||1m08.3844s||-|
|14||Matheus Leist||AJ Foyt Enterprises||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m08.1622s||-|
|16||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||Dallara/Honda||1m08.1763s||-|
|17||Jack Harvey||Michael Shank Racing||Dallara/Honda||1m08.8207s||-|
|18||Spencer Pigot||Ed Carpenter Racing||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m08.2739s||-|
|19||Gabby Chaves||Harding Racing||Dallara/Chevrolet||1m08.8623s||-|
|20||Marco Andretti||Andretti Herta||Dallara/Honda||1m08.5294s||-|
|21||Zachary Claman||Dale Coyne Racing||Dallara/Honda||1m09.1429s||-|
|22||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Dallara/Honda||1m08.6340s||-|
|24||Kyle Kaiser||Juncos Racing||Dallara/Chevrolet||-||-|
Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/indycar-long-beach-ex-formula-000736471.html