Motorsport: Kiwi Scott Dixon qualifies fourth for IndyCar season opener

Scott Dixon, IndyCar Series champion.
Scott Dixon, IndyCar Series champion. Photo credit: Scott Dixon; Instagram

Defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will start his defence from fourth at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburgh in Florida.

The Kiwi will start alongside his new teammate Felix Rosenqvist who impressed on his qualifying debut.

Australian Will Power scored pole – his eighth in a decade at the event. The Team Penske veteran now second all-time for IndyCar pole positions, 12 behind Mario Andretti (67)

"That last run, the car felt really good," Power said. "I have to say it was a very neat lap and I didn't really leave anything on the table.

"Honestly, I didn't expect to be on pole because we had used (Firestone alternate) tires," he added about the Firestone Fast Six.

"We didn’t have new (alternate tires) like a couple of the other guys so, over the moon, man, over the moon to start on pole. I really am happy."