Maiden IndyCar pole position for Kimball in Texas


Charlie Kimball secured his first IndyCar pole in Texas on Friday - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

In his 109th Verizon IndyCar Series event, Charlie Kimball secured his maiden pole position, with his two-lap time of 46.5861s denying Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon by just 0.0083 seconds.

Kimball, who has one race victory to his name in the series at Mid-Ohio back in 2013, had been quick in practice earlier in the afternoon, and he converted that into the pole with a two-lap average speed of 222.556mph, a new track record.

Dixon, the current championship leader, will join the American on the front row, while row two sees Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosport alongside another Chip Ganassi Racing entry, this time series veteran Tony Kanaan.

The top four were all over 222mph, while Tristan Vautier showed great speed to qualify fifth for Dale Coyne Racing despite only being confirmed as Sebastien Bourdais’ stand-in earlier this week. The Frenchman has not been in an IndyCar since Sonoma back in 2015, but showed no ring rust by qualifying just ahead of the fourth Ganassi entry of Max Chilton.

Mikhail Aleshin will start seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato, with the top eight drivers all powered by Honda.

Team Penske’s Will Power was the leading driver of those powered by Chevrolet in ninth, just ahead of team-mate Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud.

Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
183Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing46.5861
29Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing46.5944
398Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport46.6098
410Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing46.7013
518Tristan VautierFRADale Coyne Racing46.7445
68Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing46.7756
77Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports46.8105
826Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport46.8171
912Will PowerAUSTeam Penske46.8553
103Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske46.8716
1115Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing46.9237
121Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske46.9470
1328Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport46.9764
1420Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing47.0231
1527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport47.0593
165James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports47.1264
172Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske47.1387
1821JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing47.3512
1919Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing47.7095
2088Gabby ChavesUSAHarding Racing48.0976
214Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises48.1066
2214Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt EnterprisesNo Time