IndyCar Series 2017
• Charlie Kimball scores career-first IndyCar Series pole
• Sets INDYCAR qualifying record for Texas Motor Speedway
• Honda drivers sweep top eight starting positions for Saturday night race
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2017) – Charlie Kimball drove to the first pole position in his Verizon IndyCar Series career Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway, leading a Honda sweep of the top eight starting positions in qualifying for Saturday night’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600.
Kimball set one- and two-lap INDYCAR qualifying records at the 1.5-mile oval to secure the pole over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and championship points leader, Scott Dixon, who will start second. Kimball’s two-lap average of 222.556 mph shattered the previous record of 219.182 mph, set by Will Power in 2013.
Alexander Rossi will start his Andretti Autosport Honda from the inside of the second row, third, followed by Tony Kanaan in a third Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Substituting for the injured Sebastien Bourdais, Tristian Vautier will start fifth for Dale Coyne Racing, followed by Max Chilton as the Ganassi team qualified all four cars in the top six.
Mikhail Aleshin made it four Honda teams in the top eight, and will start seventh, with Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato rounding out the top eight in his Andretti Autosport Honda.
Saturday night’s 248-lap race, the first Saturday night race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, starts at 8 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|2||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|4||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Tristan Vautier (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|6||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|8||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|10||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|11||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|13||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|15||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|16||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|19||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|