Castroneves on pole as disaster strikes Power

Helio Castroneves celebrates pole

Helio Castroneves celebrates pole

Helio Castroneves edged Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya for pole position at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Brazilian’s 1:06.63s best in the Fast Six session proved a scant 0.03s faster than that of his Colombian rival.

“The team worked really hard because we changed everything in the car last night, so congratulations to them,” said Castroneves after the session.

“It was not pretty last night, but it proved that we were able to keep pushing.

“When you get the pole position with the team-mates I have it’s actually pretty cool.”

Scott Dixon (Ganassi) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) secured second row starting spots ahead of Simon Pagenaud (Penske) and Josef Newgarden (CFH).

The final Penske Dallara-Chevrolet, driven by Australian Will Power, will start just 18th after being caught out by an early red flag.

“I’m just kicking myself for not finishing that lap that I had a bobble on,” reflected the reigning champion.

“I just had to turn the engine down and coasted for a bit before taking off again.

“It’s tough, but in these IndyCar races anything can happen.”

Italian Stefano Coletti will start last after tagging the wall in the first session and bringing out the red fags.

Result: IndyCar Qualifying, Long Beach

Pos.

Driver

Engine

Time

Round

1

Helio Castroneves

Chevrolet

1:06.6294

Firestone Fast Six

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevrolet

1:06.6587

Firestone Fast Six

3

Scott Dixon

Chevrolet

1:06.7870

Firestone Fast Six

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

1:07.0473

Firestone Fast Six

5

Simon Pagenaud

Chevrolet

1:07.1433

Firestone Fast Six

6

Josef Newgarden

Chevrolet

1:07.1716

Firestone Fast Six

7

Tony Kanaan

Chevrolet

1:07.1090

Round 2 / Top 12

8

Graham Rahal

Honda

1:07.1290

Round 2 / Top 12

9

Sebastien Bourdais

Chevrolet

1:07.2411

Round 2 / Top 12

10

Marco Andretti

Honda

1:07.3161

Round 2 / Top 12

11

Sebastian Saavedra

Chevrolet

1:07.3924

Round 2 / Top 12

12

Carlos Munoz

Honda

1:07.4049

Round 2 / Top 12

13

James Hinchcliffe

Honda

1:07.3976

Qual / Group 1

14

Luca Filippi

Chevrolet

1:08.6104

Qual / Group 2

15

Charlie Kimball

Chevrolet

1:07.4217

Qual / Group 1

16

Jack Hawksworth

Honda

1:08.6276

Qual / Group 2

17

Gabby Chaves (R)

Honda

1:07.4653

Qual / Group 1

18

Will Power

Chevrolet

1:08.8348

Qual / Group 2

19

James Jakes

Honda

1:07.7702

Qual / Group 1

20

Takuma Sato

Honda

1:08.8732

Qual / Group 2

21

Conor Daly (R)

Honda

1:08.7825

Qual / Group 1

22

Francesco Dracone (R)

Honda

1:09.8815

Qual / Group 2

23

Stefano Coletti (R)

Chevrolet

1:10.4644

Qual / Group 2

VIDEO: Helio Castroneves onboard pole position lap

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