IndyCar Series 2014
In a session that saw the existing Verizon IndyCar Series lap record bettered by no fewer than 11 competitors, rookie star Carlos Munoz led the Honda-powered field in qualifying Saturday at Pocono Raceway and will start on the outside of the front row, third, in Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 500.
The previous qualifying record, 221.273 mph set in 2013 by Marco Andretti, was beaten by everyone from pole qualifier Juan Pablo Montoya – in his first pole run since returning to IndyCar Series competition this year – to 11th-fastest qualifier Simon Pagenaud.
Munoz was the fastest of four Honda-powered drivers to post top-six qualifying efforts in his Andretti Autosport Honda. He was followed by fourth-fastest Takuma Sato, a two-time pole qualifier this season for A.J. Foyt Racing. Two other Andretti drivers, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, will start fifth and sixth, respectively. Ryan Hunter-Reay will start ninth as all four Andretti Autosport entries qualified in the top 10 at the Pocono “Tricky Triangle” three-turn oval.
Sunday’s 200-lap run, the second round in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series “Triple Crown” of 500-mile races, begins with live network television coverage at 12 noon on the NBC Sports network.
|1||Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)|
|2||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|3||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|5||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|6||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|8||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|11||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|12||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|14||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|16||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|20||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|22||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|