Castroneves beats Dixon to Long Beach pole

Helio Castroneves secured his second consecutive pole position as he took top spot for Team Penske for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday.

The Brazilian topped the Fast Six session with a 1m07.1246s ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, while their respective team-mates Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan were third and fourth.

Juan Pablo Montoya was the only other driver to set a time in the final qualifying session, with the third of the Penske drivers claimed fifth on the grid, as the fourth Penske of Will Power caused a red flag after running off track at the end of the straight.

There was confusion ahead of the Fast Six session as timing system problems made drivers wonder who had made it through, with even pole sitter Castroneves unsure until things sorted themselves out.

James Hinchcliffe was the highest placed Honda-powered driver in seventh for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, ahead of Takuma Sato of the AJ Foyt Enterprises team, while Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing and Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport completed the top ten.

After impressing during the early running this weekend, Foyt’s Jack Hawksworth had a disappointing qualifying, ending down in twentieth, just behind fellow Briton Max Chilton of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Long Beach Qualifying Times

13Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1m07.1246s
29Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1m07.4455s
322Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1m07.7410s
410Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1m07.7951s
52Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1m07.9054s
612Will PowerAUSTeam PenskeNo Time
- - Eliminated in Q2- - -
75James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.1415s
814Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.2299s
921Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m07.2548s
1026Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1m07.2663s
1128Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.3171s
1219Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing1m07.9660s
- - Eliminated in Q1- - -
1318Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1m07.7520s
1411Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1m07.6432s
1583Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1m07.8065s
1698Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.6872s
1715Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m07.8841s
187Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.8513s
198Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1m08.3843s
2041Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.9929s
2127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1m08.2045s