Castroneves takes track-record pole in Phoenix

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Saturday 29th April, 2017 - 3:54pm

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Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves has taken pole position for the IndyCar Phoenix Grand Prix courtesy of one- and two-lap records at the one-mile oval.

Will Power was second-fastest as the four Team Penske Chevrolets all qualified in the top five.

Castroneves’ second lap was a record 18.8071s for a total time of 37.7538s, giving him his second straight pole in Phoenix.

The Brazilian also draws level with Bobby Unser on 49 career poles, third-highest of all time.

“I tell you man, that was great,” said Castroneves.

“Great team effort, the REV Chevy was really fast. I always say because of my teammates, these guys are the toughest ones, everybody’s pushing each other. But I’m really glad the No. 3 prevailed this time.”

JR Hildebrand (Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) split the Penske cars, qualifying third-fastest on his return from injury, ahead of last-start winner Josef Newgarden and 2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud.

Last year’s Phoenix race winner Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Honda) starts eighth, while series leader Sebastien Bourdais (Dayle Coyne Honda) qualified 10th.

The 250-lap race starts on Sunday at 1130 AEST.

Qualifying: Grand Prix of Phoenix

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Lap 1 Lap 2 Total time
1 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 18.8837 18.8701 37.7538
2 Power, Will D/C/C/F 19.0188 18.9078 37.9266
3 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 18.9757 18.9714 37.9471
4 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 19.0256 18.9677 37.9933
5 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 19.0242 19.0207 38.0449
6 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 19.1216 19.0962 38.2178
7 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 19.1620 19.0979 38.2599
8 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 19.1705 19.1446 38.3151
9 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 19.2693 19.1785 38.4478
10 Bourdais, Sebastien D/H/H/F 19.2417 19.2137 38.4554
11 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 19.2536 19.2330 38.4866
12 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 19.2688 19.2975 38.5663
13 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 19.3579 19.2146 38.5725
14 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 19.3029 19.3107 38.6136
15 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 19.3721 19.2740 38.6461
16 Jones, Ed (R) D/H/H/F 19.3822 19.3404 38.7226
17 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 19.4304 19.3417 38.7721
18 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 19.3940 19.3796 38.7736
19 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 19.4935 19.3780 38.8715
20 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 19.5375 19.4916 39.0291
21 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 19.7062 19.7787 39.4849