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Takuma Sato claims Texas IndyCar pole

Saturday 8th June, 2019 - 11:00am

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Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato has claimed his ninth IndyCar pole position in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing outfit ahead of the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Sato was the only driver in the field to record two laps over 220mph (354km/h) leading a quartet of Hondas in positions one to four.

Last year’s winner Scott Dixon claimed second, one-hundredth of a second slower in the Chip Ganassi Racing machine.

Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing) and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay locked out the second row in their respective Honda-powered cars.

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud was the highest placed Chevrolet in fifth while championship leader Josef Newgarden finished seventh fastest in the second Penske.

Australian Will Power could only manage 15th in the third Penske, lapping an average speed of 217.899mph (350.643km/h).

Tony Kanaan was the only driver to make contact with the wall during qualifying. The veteran IndyCar driver brushed the wall at Turn 2 on his first flying lap, aborting his qualifying run.

The nine-time podium finisher at Texas will start the 600-mile race from the back of the 22-car grid.

The 248-lap race starts tomorrow at 1040 AEST.

Pos Driver Team Engine Time Gap Mph
1 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 47.0738 220.250
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 47.0926 0.0188 220.162
3 Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda 47.1817 0.1079 219.746
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 47.2266 0.1528 219.537
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 47.2659 0.1921 219.355
6 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 47.3210 0.2472 219.099
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 47.4147 0.3409 218.666
8 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 47.4597 0.3859 218.459
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 47.4619 0.3881 218.449
10 Colton Herta Harding Racing Honda 47.4712 0.3974 218.406
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 47.4954 0.4216 218.295
12 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 47.5435 0.4697 218.074
13 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 47.5636 0.4898 217.982
14 Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 47.5699 0.4961 217.953
15 Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 47.5816 0.5078 217.899
16 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 47.7387 0.6649 217.182
17 Charlie Kimball Carlin Chevrolet 47.7426 0.6688 217.165
18 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Honda 47.7649 0.6911 217.063
19 Conor Daly Carlin Chevrolet 47.9612 0.8874 216.175
20 Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 48.2024 1.1286 215.093
21 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 50.1109 3.0371 206.901
22 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet

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