Scott Dixon tops Toronto IndyCar qualifying

Scott Dixon produced a last gasp effort to edge Helio Castroneves to the pole in Toronto

Scott Dixon produced a last gasp effort to edge Helio Castroneves to the pole in Toronto

New Zealand ace Scott Dixon has thwarted a Team Penske sweep of qualifying by claiming pole position for the Honda Indy Toronto street race.

Dixon bounded to the top with a last minute flyer to post a 59.90s lap in preparation for the 85-lap affair at the Exhibition Place venue.

The Ganassi driver prevented Helio Castroneves from earning his third pole of the season.

Castroneves held the top spot until the final moments before settling for second with a 59.94s best which was slightly slower than his lap which topped Round 2.

Series leader Simon Pagenaud clocked an impressive 1:00.22s as he was the only runner to tackle the run off for pole on the harder compound black Firestone rubber.

Penske team-mate Will Power will sit beside him on the second row after a 1:00.40s best while KVSH driver Sebastien Bourdais was fifth.

James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt-Peterson), the only Honda runner to make the final phase of qualifying, was sixth.

Of the key drivers failing to advance to the Fast 6 were Josef Newgarden who will start from eighth.

The Ed Carpenter Racing star posted a 1:00.58s lap with Dale Coyne’s Conor Daly to occupy seventh after a 1:00.56s effort.

After his practice crash and further electrical issues, Team Penske’s Juan Montoya will start from ninth ahead of Schmidt-Peterson Motorsport driver Mikhail Aleshin.

See below for full qualifying results

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Session

1

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

59.9073

107.326

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

2

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

59.9425

107.263

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

3

22

Simon Pagenaud

D/C/C/F

01:00.2293

106.752

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

4

12

Will Power

D/C/C/F

01:00.4085

106.435

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

5

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

01:00.4221

106.411

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

6

5

James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

01:01.5637

104.438

Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six

7

18

Conor Daly (r)

D/H/H/F

01:00.5693

106.153

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

8

21

Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

01:00.5885

106.119

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

9

2

Juan Montoya

D/C/C/F

01:00.6532

106.006

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

10

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

01:00.6635

105.988

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

11

19

Luca Filippi

D/H/H/F

01:00.7784

105.788

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

12

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

01:00.8561

105.653

Elimination Round 2 / Top 12

13

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

01:00.6930

105.936

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

14

8

Max Chilton (r)

D/C/C/F

01:00.6372

106.034

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

15

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

01:00.7712

105.800

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

16

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

01:00.7088

105.909

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

17

83

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

01:00.9060

105.566

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

18

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

01:00.8721

105.625

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

19

98

Alexander Rossi (r)

D/H/H/F

01:01.2087

105.044

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

20

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

01:01.4012

104.715

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

21

20

Spencer Pigot (r)

D/C/C/F

01:01.3360

104.826

Elimination Round 1 / Group 1

22

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

01:01.4384

104.651

Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

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

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