Kimball in huge crash as Castroneves earns pole

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Sunday 23rd August, 2015 - 6:29am

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Helio Castroneves has trumped the field to take pole for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

Helio Castroneves has trumped the field to take pole for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

Helio Castroneves has soared to his fourth pole position of the season amid a qualifying session interrupted by Charlie Kimball’s massive accident at Pocono.

Fairing the best of the top five in points standings, Castroneves put together a two-lap average of 220.63mph (355.06km/h) as he led Team Penske to the top three starting positions ahead of the penultimate race in the series.

Simon Pagenaud had stood at the top of the speeds but saw his 220.48 (354.82) average run eclipsed by the Brazilian who gained an all-important bonus point.

Will Power was one of the early runners, setting a 220.39 (354.68) effort which sees him start third.

Ganassi Racing star Scott Dixon will start from 11th while Graham Rahal qualified fifth.

Fairing worst of the top five on the standings was Juan Montoya who could only manage 19th fastest which sees his nine point lead over Rahal seem even more precarious.

Charlie Kimball suffered a horrifying crash as he was starting his first flying lap when his Ganassi Chevrolet looped around suddenly and slammed into the Turn 3 wall, momentarily taking flight.

After being cleared of injury at the medical centre Kimball indicated a gust of wind may have caught him by surprise.

“I went into (Turn) 1 and the car caught me out a little bit with the handling, so I made some adjustments and I don’t know if it was the wind or what caught me going into (Turn) 3,” Kimball said.

“Maybe I was a little aggressive, but it’s qualifying. You have to go for it.”

The crash, occurring at the mid-point in qualifying, caused a lengthy as officials dealt with repairs to the circuit.

See below for full qualifying results

Pos. Car Driver Manufacturer Total Time Two-Lap Avg. Speed
1 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 1:21.6217 220.530
2 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 1:21.6382 220.485
3 1 Will Power Chevrolet 1:21.6704 220.398
4 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 1:21.7659 220.141
5 15 Graham Rahal Honda 1:21.7743 220.118
6 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 1:21.8809 219.831
7 25 Justin Wilson Honda 1:21.9356 219.685
8 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 1:21.9402 219.672
9 14 Takuma Sato Honda 1:21.9755 219.578
10 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 1:21.9968 219.521
11 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 1:22.2035 218.969
12 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 1:22.2610 218.816
13 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 1:22.3435 218.596
14 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 1:22.4437 218.331
15 7 James Jakes Honda 1.22.4757 218.246
16 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 1:22.5111 218.152
17 18 Pippa Mann Honda 1:22.8075 217.372
18 5 Ryan Briscoe Honda 1:22.8571 217.241
19 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 1:22.8751 217.194
20 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 1:23.1791 216.401
21 20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 1:23.2120 216.315
22 27 Marco Andretti Honda 1:23.6816 215.101
23 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet No Time No Speed
24 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet No Time No Speed

Video of Charlie Kimball’s accident


 

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