Simon Pagenaud soars to pole at Indianapolis

Simon Pagenaud has secured pole position for the Angie's List Grand Prix on the Indy road course

Simon Pagenaud has secured pole position for the Angie’s List Grand Prix on the Indy road course

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud continued his rare form by snatching pole position for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Tackling the 3.8km road course, Pagenaud banged in a record 1:08.68s on his third flying lap top to the Fast 6.

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing) could not respond before his 1:08.98s was good enough to occupy second ahead of Graham Rahal (1:09.18s).

Pagenaud was the only one of the four Team Penske runners to advance, completing the perfect qualifying run in his #22 Chevrolet.

“It’s just about putting the lap together and finding the right balance. I’m polishing my driving and this is the best time in my career so far,” Pagenaud said.

James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) and Jack Hawksworth (AJ Foyt) complete the first three rows for the 82-lap race.

“It is our best qualifying spot of the year. We’ve been knocking on the door these last couple of races,” Hinchcliffe said.

“It was a weird Fast 6 with these Firestone Reds you can only really get one good lap.”

The pole effort has seen Pagenaud extend his lead over Scott Dixon in the standings to 49 points after collecting the bonus point for qualifying fastest.

See below for full qualifying results

Rank Car Driver Name C/A/E/T Time Speed Session
1 22 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 01:08.6868 127.832 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
2 83 Kimball, Charlie D/C/C/F 01:08.9816 127.286 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
3 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 01:09.1816 126.918 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
4 5 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 01:09.2260 126.837 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
5 21 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 01:09.4316 126.461 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
6 41 Hawksworth, Jack D/H/H/F 01:09.5141 126.311 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
7 10 Kanaan, Tony D/C/C/F 01:09.2511 126.791 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
8 2 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 01:09.2645 126.766 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
9 9 Dixon, Scott D/C/C/F 01:09.4010 126.517 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
10 11 Bourdais, Sebastien D/C/C/F 01:09.4436 126.439 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
11 7 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 01:09.6771 126.016 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
12 12 Power, Will D/C/C/F 01:09.9297 125.560 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
13 8 Chilton, Max (R) D/C/C/F 01:09.3289 126.648 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
14 98 Rossi, Alexander (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.1475 126.981 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
15 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 01:09.4947 126.346 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
16 61 Brabham, Matt (R) D/C/C/F 01:09.2944 126.712 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
17 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 01:09.5276 126.287 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
18 6 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 01:09.4377 126.450 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
19 26 Munoz, Carlos D/H/H/F 01:09.6457 126.072 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
20 16 Pigot, Spencer (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.4591 126.411 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
21 27 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 01:09.7478 125.888 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
22 14 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 01:09.4659 126.399 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
23 35 Tagliani, Alex D/H/H/F 01:10.4109 124.702 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
24 18 Daly, Conor (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.4795 126.374 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
25 19 Chaves, Gabby D/H/H/F 01:09.7720 125.844 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

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(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

 

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