Castroneves grabs 50th Pole as Penske Dominate at Road America


Helio Castroneves will start at the front of the field in Road America - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Helio Castroneves secured a fiftieth career pole position in the Verizon IndyCar Series and his third of 2017 as Team Penske once again were the dominant team at Road America, locking out the top four places for the third time in four sessions.

The Fast Six Shootout around the Elkhart Lake circuit turned into a battle to see which of the Penske drivers could take pole position, and Castroneves delivered when it mattered, taking top spot with a lap of 1:41.3007s.

It looked as though Will Power had done enough to take the spot at the front of the field but the Australian fell just 0.0604 seconds short, with the 2016 Road America winner being forced to settle for second place on the grid.

Behind them, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud will share row two, 0.3601 seconds and 1.378 seconds down on Castroneves, but well clear of the leading non-Penske machine of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.

Dixon set a best time of 1:42.9308s during the Fast Six Shootout, which was 1.6301 seconds slower than the pole time, while Graham Rahal will start sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Just missing out on advancing to the Fast Six Shootout was Max Chilton, with the Briton starting seventh for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he will be joined on row four by Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti, who equalled his best qualifying performance of the season.

James Hinchcliffe will start ninth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport ahead of Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing, while the Fast Twelve session was rounded out by rookie Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Road America Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
13Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:41.3007
212Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:41.3611
32Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:41.6608
41Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:42.0385
59Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:42.9308
615Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:45.0464
- - Eliminated in Q2- - -
78Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:42.7566
827Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:42.8614
95James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:43.2105
1083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:43.3221
1119Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:43.7959
1228Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:43.9786
- - Eliminated in Q1- - -
1314Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:42.9039
1420Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:42.8875
1598Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:43.0171
1610Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:42.9077
1718Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing1:43.1652
1821JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:42.9132
197Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:43.8891
2026Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:43.4111
214Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:44.1579