Pagenaud leads Penske 1-2-3 for Detroit race 1

Simon Pagenaud scored his third pole position of the season as he and Team Penske-Chevrolet teammates Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya will line up second and third.

Pagenaud leads Penske 1-2-3 for Detroit race 1
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport Honda
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
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The runaway championship leader lapped the 2.35-mile course in 1min14.9166sec to edge Castroneves by a mere 0.0119sec, with Montoya over 0.6sec away.

Perhaps most surprising is that the fourth member of the Penske quartet, Will Power, will only roll off ninth, after dominating this morning practice. The Aussie tagged the wall hard with the left-rear of the #12 car in Q1 and although he was still fast enough to advance to Q2, his car never looked fast enough to reach the Firestone Fast Six session.

Instead, James Hinchcliffe will start fourth in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport-Honda, with Carlos Munoz fifth for Andretti Autosport-Honda, and reigning champion Scott Dixon sixth, just ahead of his Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy teammate Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.

Graham Rahal will start 10th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, Takuma Sato 11th for AJ Foyt Racing and Mikhail Aleshin 12th in the second SPM car.

It was a disastrous session for Munoz’s AA teammates, with Ryan Hunter-Reay (held up by KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais), Marco Andretti and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi all failing to escape Q1.

Another high-profile driver who failed to reach Q2 was Josef Newgarden’s Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet machine. 

IndyCar 2016 - Detroit - Qualifying 1
P.DRIVERTEAMTIME
1 22  Simon Pagenaud http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Pagenaud_s.png Penske (C) 1:14.9166
2 3  Helio Castroneves http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Castroneves_s.png Penske (C) 1:14.9285
3 2  Juan Pablo Montoya http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Montoya_s.png Penske (C) 1:15.5659
4 5  James Hinchcliffe http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Hinchcliffe_s.png Schmidt (H) 1:15.7708
5 26  Carlos Muñoz http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Munoz_s.png Andretti (H) 1:16.3897
6 9  Scott Dixon http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Dixon_s.png Ganassi (C) 1:16.4613
7 10  Tony Kanaan http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Kanaan_s.png Ganassi (C) 1:15.5508
8 83  Charlie Kimball http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Kimball_s.png Ganassi (C) 1:15.6712
9 12  Will Power http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Power_s.png Penske (C) 1:15.7142
10 15  Graham Rahal http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Rahal_s.png Rahal (H) 1:15.7172
11 14  Takuma Sato http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Sato_s.png Foyt (H) 1:16.0998
12 7  Mikhail Aleshin http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Aleshin_s.png Schmidt (H) 1:16.2665
13 11  Sébastien Bourdais http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Bourdais_s.png KVSH (C) 1:16.1087
14 21  Josef Newgarden http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Newgarden_s.png Carpenter (C) 1:16.3154
15 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Hunter-Reay_s.png Andretti (H) 1:16.2643
16 18  Conor Daly http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Daly_s.png Coyne (H) 1:16.6370
17 98  Alexander Rossi http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Rossi_s.png Andretti-Herta (H) 1:16.4512
18 8  Max Chilton http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Chilton_s.png Ganassi (C) 1:16.7138
19 27  Marco Andretti http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Andretti_s.png Andretti (H) 1:16.4965
20 19  Gabby Chaves http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Chaves_s.png Coyne (H) 1:16.9140
21 20  Spencer Pigot http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Pigot_s.png Carpenter (C) 1:17.6894
22 41  Jack Hawksworth http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/indycar/2016/07-Detroit/Hawksworth_s.png Foyt (H) 1:18.3022
 

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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