Last gasp Dixon denies Castroneves Toronto pole

Scott Dixon - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Scott Dixon secured his first pole position of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season as he denied Team Penske another top spot with a great last gasp lap around the streets of Toronto on Saturday.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver secured the pole with a time of 59.9073 to take his first pole position since Mid-Ohio in August 2015, with Dixon denying Helio Castroneves by just 0.0352 seconds.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud will start third for Penske after a great lap set on the harder black tyres, and he’ll alongside team-mate Will Power, while Sebastien Bourdais confirmed his practice speed with fifth for KVSH Racing.

James Hinchcliffe was the sole Honda-powered representative in the Fast Six shootout, but the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver could do no better than that sixth position on the grid for his home race.

Conor Daly was undoubtedly one of the stars of qualifying, making it through to the second phase in his Dale Coyne Racing machine, and will start seventh on Sunday, alongside last weekend’s winner at Iowa Speedway, Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start ninth for Penske after having limited track running following his free practice two crash on Friday and his subsequent set-up issues in Saturday morning practice, with the Colombian being joined on row five by Schmidt’s Mikhail Aleshin.

Luca Filippi will start eleventh for Dale Coyne Racing, with Tony Kanaan the final driver to make it through to the second phase of qualifying, but the Chip Ganassi Racing driver could do no better than twelfth.

Briton’s Jack Hawksworth and Max Chilton will share row seven for AJ Foyt Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing respectively, while a big disappointment will be reserved for Andretti Autosport, who failed to get any of their four drivers past the first phase of qualifying, with Carlos Munoz the best placed of the quartet in fifteenth.

Helio Castroneves - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar
Helio Castroneves – Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Toronto Qualifying Result

19Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing59.9073
23Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske59.9425
322Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:00.2293
412Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:00.4085
511Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1:00.4221
65James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:00.5637
- - Eliminated in Q2- - -
718Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1:00.5693
821Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:00.5885
92Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1:00.6532
107Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:00.6635
1119Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing1:00.7784
1210Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:00.8561
- - Eliminated in Q1- - -
1341Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1:00.6930
148Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:00.6372
1526Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1:00.7712
1615Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:00.7088
1783Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:00.9060
1828Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:00.8721
1998Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport1:01.2087
2014Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1:01.4012
2120Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:01.3360
2227Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:01.4384