Scott Dixon's quest for a fifth IndyCar Championship is right on track after securing a second place qualifying position for 2018's final round at Sonoma.
It could have been even better for the Kiwi, who looked to have secured pole position, before American Ryan Hunter-Reay pipped Dixon at the very end of the session.
The 2012 series champion crossed in a time of one minute,17.6277 seconds, to secure his first pole of the year, edging Dixon's 1:17.1599.
Dixon's main championship rival, Alexander Rossi will start in sixth. The event is worth double-points, so Dixon must ensure he finishes ahead of Rossi in order to guarantee championship glory.
Reigning champion Joseph Newgarden and Australian Will Power are outside shots at claiming the title if both Dixon and Rossi have horror days.
Rossi starts the round 29-points behind the 38-year-old.
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