IndyCar Series 2013
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon led the Honda-powered field Saturday at Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying in preparation for Sunday's Pocono INDYCAR 400.
Dixon's two-lap average of 219.5 mph saw him qualify seventh, as local favorite Marco Andretti claimed the pole with a qualifying speed of 221.273 mph. All 21 cars posting qualifying speeds bettered the existing track record of 211.715 mph, set by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989, the last previous visit of Indy cars to Pocono Raceway.
Continuing his strong form on ovals, Takuma Sato posted the eighth-fastest qualifying run for A.J. Foyt Racing. Simon Pagenaud was fourth quickest in practice, then qualified ninth in his Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda. Charlie Kimball was an encouraging third fastest in morning practice, but a brief slide during his first qualifying lap spoiled his run, leaving him 13th overall. Alex Tagliani crashed, without injury, during his qualifying run.
Sunday's 160-lap race, the second round in the 2013 IndyCar "Triple Crown" of long-distance oval events, starts at 12 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.
|1||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|2||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|5||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|6||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|7||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|9||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|10||Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)|
|11||Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|13||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|14||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|16||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|17||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|18||Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|19||Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|20||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|24||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)|