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Montoya beats Power to pole at Pocono

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Sunday 6th July, 2014 - 9:06am

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Juan Pablo Montoya soars to pole at Pocono

Juan Pablo Montoya soars to pole at Pocono

Juan Montoya reset lap records to claim pole position at the unique Pocono tri-oval ahead of the 11th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The final car to go off on its single-car qualifications, Montoya surged to the 15th IndyCar pole of his career which has been revived for a second time through Team Penske this season.

The Colombian’s team-mate and points leader Will Power was second fastest while another Colombian, Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport) completes the front-row after clocking the third fastest time.

Montoya set new marks by turning 223.920mph (360.36km/h) on his first lap before finishing with a two-lap average of 223.871mph (360.29km/h) at the 4km venue as IndyCar returns to the Pennsylvania track for the first time in 24 years.

“It’s the luck of the draw, but the big thing was we had good balance,” said Montoya, who has a good deal of NASCAR experience at Pocono.

“Am I back? Well, I’m getting there. I feel like I’m getting there every week. We keep working harder and keep finding speed and more results. So it’s exciting. I think we’re going in the right direction.

“(The track is) so different (from NASCAR). We run wide open all the way around here. I think the average speed is 30 or 40 miles per hour faster than we do in a Cup car. It’s fast.”

Montoya realised his last IndyCar pole during his signature season with Chip Ganassi at the Gold Coast Indy race in 2000.

Castroneves (Team Penske), who trails Power by 39 points following the Houston double-header last weekend, will start from seventh.

Tony Kanaan faired best of the four-pronged Ganassi attack by qualifying eighth, two spots ahead of Ryan Briscoe with reigning series champion Scott Dixon in 15th and Charlie Kimball 17th.

See below for full qualifying results

 1

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevy

223.871mph

 2

Will Power

Penske/Chevy

223.725mph

 3

Carlos Munoz

Andretti/Honda

223.083mph

 4

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

222.798mph

 5

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

222.715mph

 6

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

222.544mph

 7

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

222.517mph

 8

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chevy

221.970mph

 9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

221.950mph

10

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chevy

221.565mph

11

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

221.547mph

12

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt/Honda

221.221mph

13

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter/Chevy

221.019mph

14

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

220.747mph

15

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chevy

220.604mph

16

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

220.439mph

17

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chevy

220.377mph

18

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy

219.741mph

19

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chevy

218.502mph

20

Carlos Huertas

Coyne/Honda

216.261mph

21

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

DNQ

22

Jack Hawksworth

Herta/Honda

DNQ

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