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Sato secures IndyCar pole as Power takes fourth

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Sunday 30th March, 2014 - 10:10am

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Takuma Sato claims pole at St Petersburg

Takuma Sato claims pole at St Petersburg

Japan’s Takuma Sato has stormed to pole position for the opening IndyCar series race at the St Petersburg street track in Florida.

Sato (AJ Foyt) maintained his sizzling practice form to storm to the top in the closing stages of the Fast 6 to claim the #1 spot ahead of Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) was third quickest ahead of Australia’s Will Power, the only Team Penske driver to make the final 6.

Sato was the only driver to dip under the 1:02s bracket in clocking 1:01.8686s ahead of Kanaan’s 1:02.1637s with Hunter-Reay managing 1:02.2167s.

Power, who won at St Petersburg from pole in 2010 and has claimed the #1 starting spot over the last four years, finished with a best lap of 1:02.3955s.

Defending series champion Scott Dixon (Ganassi) was fifth in 1:02.4454s with Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosports) ending sixth in 1:02.9595s.

IndyCar returnee Juan Montoya failed to make it through to Round 2 of qualifying and will start from 18th for tomorrow’s 110-lap Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

QUALIFYING: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 

Pos. Car Driver

Time

Speed

Round

1 14 Takuma Sato

1:01.8686

104.738

Firestone Fast Six

2 10 Tony Kanaan

1:02.1637

104.241

Firestone Fast Six

3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:02.2167

104.152

Firestone Fast Six

4 12 Will Power

1:02.3955

103.854

Firestone Fast Six

5 9 Scott Dixon

1:02.4454

103.771

Firestone Fast Six

6 25 Marco Andretti

1:02.9595

102.923

Firestone Fast Six

7 34 Carlos Munoz (R)

1:03.3955

102.214

Round 2 / Top 12

8 98 Jack Hawksworth (R)

1:03.5738

101.929

Round 2 / Top 12

9 8 Ryan Briscoe

1:03.6206

101.854

Round 2 / Top 12

10 3 Helio Castroneves

1:03.6635

101.785

Round 2 / Top 12

11 17 Sebastian Saavedra

1:03.8374

101.508

Round 2 / Top 12

12 20 Mike Conway

1:03.9618

101.310

Round 2 / Top 12

13 11 Sebastien Bourdais

1:15.8337

85.450

Qual / Group 1

14 77 Simon Pagenaud

1:12.3741

89.535

Qual / Group 2

15 7 Mikail Aleshin (R)

1:15.9111

85.363

Qual / Group 1

16 19 Justin Wilson

1:12.5890

89.270

Qual / Group 2

17 18 Carlos Huertas (R)

1:16.8105

84.363

Qual / Group 1

18 2 Juan Pablo Montoya

1:12.6994

89.134

Qual / Group 2

19 27 James Hinchcliffe

2.34.4862

41.945

Qual / Group 1

20 83 Charlie Kimball

1:13.0048

88.761

Qual / Group 2

21 15 Graham Rahal

No Time

No Speed

Qual / Group 1

22 67 Josef Newgarden

1:13.1170

88.625

Qual / Group 2

 

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