Power relegated to eighth on Indycar grid

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Australia's Indycar championship leader Will Power insists he can overcome a setback suffered in qualifying for the Music City Grand prix in Nashville.

Power holds a nine-point series lead over Sweden's Marcus Ericsson going into the fourth-last race of the season on Sunday.

But he will start from eighth on the grid after he was knocked from the final fast six round in qualifying for impeding Pato O'Ward's lap when he went off course in the top 12 session.

"We can have a great day tomorrow," Power said of starting eighth. "Get good strategy, good pit stops and see what we've got."

Power's Penske teammate, Scott McLaughlin, the three-time Australian Supercars champion from New Zealand, won the second pole of his career on a flying final run around the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit.

Romain Grosjean qualified second for Andretti Autosport and Christian Lundgaard was a career-best third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

Fortunately for Power, other championship contenders also had a mixed day with reigning champion Alex Palou, who is ranked sixth in the six-driver fight, the highest qualifier at fourth.

Pato O'Ward, who is fifth in the standings, only advanced to the fast six round because Power's penalty stripped the Australian of his fastest lap and put the Mexican in his fifth spot on the grid.

Ericsson and Scott Dixon, fourth in the standings, failed to advance out of the first round. Dixon will start 14th and Ericsson 18th, where he started from when winning this race last year.

Josef Newgarden of Penske, who is third in the standings, qualified sixth.

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