Road America IndyCar: Helio Castroneves on pole as Penske dominates – IndyCar

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Helio Castroneves led a Team Penske 1-2-3-4 in IndyCar qualifying at Road America, edging team-mate Will Power.

Castroneves’s time of 1m41.3007s came in the final moments of the pole shootout and was just 0.0604 seconds faster than Power’s best effort after the four-mile Elkhart Lake track.

Josef Newgarden was third, while reigning champion Simon Pagenaud was fourth and more than seven tenths behind Helio Castroneves.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was fifth and the fastest Honda-powered driver, but his final qualifying time was over 1.5s off the pace.

Graham Rahal, who set his Fast Six time on the harder compound tyre to preserve his softer tyres for the race, rounded out the top six.

Max Chilton will start seventh for Ganassi, having narrowly missed out on the Fast Six shootout. He starts alongside Marco Andretti.

James Hinchcliffe, Texas polesitter Charlie Kimball, Ed Jones and Ryan Hunter-Reay complete the top 12.

Friday morning pacesetter Alexander Rossi failed to make it beyond the first part of qualifying in his group.

Also falling at the first hurdle in the first group were Carlos Munoz, Esteban Gutierrez and Mikhail Aleshin – who has not had much running this weekend, after Mercedes DTM racer Robert Wickens drove his car in Friday practice.

Immigration issues had delayed Aleshin’s return to America following his Le Mans 24 Hours appearance with the SMP LMP2 team last weekend.

Those who failed to make it through to the top 12 from the second group were Spencer Pigot, Tony Kanaan, JR Hildebrand, Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Conor Daly.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m41.3007s
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m41.3611s 0.0604s
3 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m41.6608s 0.3601s
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.0385s 0.7378s
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m42.9308s 1.6301s
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m45.0464s 3.7457s
7 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m42.7566s
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m42.8614s
9 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.2105s
10 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.3221s
11 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.7959s
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.9786s
13 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.9039s
14 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.8875s
15 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m43.0171s
16 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m42.9077s
17 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.1652s
18 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.9132s
19 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.8891s
20 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.4111s
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.1579s



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