Castroneves storms to Phoenix pole as Chevrolet dominate

Helio Castroneves secured his fiftieth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole position as Chevrolet power locked out the top ten grid slots at the Phoenix International Raceway on Friday evening.

Just like in practice, Chevrolet dominated, with the leading Honda driver Marco Andretti down in eleventh position for Andretti Autosport.

Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing drivers took the top ten places running with Chevrolet power, with Castroneves securing pole position with a two-lap time of 38.2604s, with his fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan joining him on the front row, the Ganassi driver’s time 0.1624s shy of top spot.

The same two teams form row two, with St Peterburg winner Juan Pablo Montoya third for Penske ahead of Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball, while morning pacesetter Ed Carpenter will start fifth in his own Ed Carpenter Racing team.

Scott Dixon will join Carpenter on the third row, with the fourth row consisting of Carpenter’s team-mate Josef Newgarden and the fourth Ganassi entry of former Formula 1 racer Max Chilton, while Penske duo Will Power and Simon Pagenaud completed the top ten.

Carlos Munoz caused the session to be delayed for fifteen minutes after crashing on his run at the opening turn in his Andretti Autosport entry, the third Honda to crash this weekend so far after Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe crashed at the same corner during practice.

Neither the AJ Foyt Enterprises driver nor the Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver was able to set a time in qualifying as their teams continued to work on fixing their cars.

Phoenix International Raceway Qualifying Result

13Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske38.2604s
210Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing38.4228s
32Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske38.4520s
483Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing38.4813s
520Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing38.5700s
69Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing38.6519s
721Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing38.7093s
88Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing38.7341s
912Will PowerAUSTeam Penske38.7797s
1022Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske38.7990s
1127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport38.9188s
1228Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport38.9403s
137Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports39.1409s
1498Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport39.3625s
1511Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing39.4460s
1619Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing39.6009s
1741Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises39.7653s
1818Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing39.9347s
1915Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing40.9323s
2026Carlos MunozCOLAndretti AutosportNo Time
215James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsNo Time
2214Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt EnterprisesNo Time