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Pocono IndyCar: Sato takes pole as stars crash

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Pocono IndyCar: Sato takes pole as stars crash
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Aug 19, 2017, 7:07 PM

Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato took pole position for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, right after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed at the end of his warm-up lap, while Penske’s Helio Castroneves also shunted.

Polesitter Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda
Polesitter Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda
Polesitter Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda is helped after his crash
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda

Sato set the fastest warm-up lap speed (218.785mph), the fastest one-lap speed (220.045) and the fastest average – 219.639 – to grab pole position in the Andretti Autosport-Honda. It's the seventh pole of his IndyCar career.

However it was a day of mixed emotions for team owner Michael Andretti. Hunter-Reay had to be helped from his car which pancaked against the wall with the left-side, after wriggling out of control at Turn 3 at the end of his warm-up lap, and had to limp to the ambulance with the aid of two safety crew members. Alexander Rossi blew his first lap despite having the potential for pole, and Marco Andretti struggled with adjustment to his car as track conditions changed.

Simon Pagenaud took an excellent second place for Team Penske-Chevrolet on a weekend when Honda appeared to have the edge, clocking a 219.395mph average to beat Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan and Penske teammate Will Power, who was second driver to hit the track.

Graham Rahal was seventh fastest for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda to beat the other star of the weekend, besides Sato. Gabby Chaves, in only the third race weekend for Harding Racing, was eighth fastest, and third quickest Chevy driver, beating the Ganassi cars of Scott Dixon (who admittedly was first car on track) and Max Chilton.

Points leader Josef Newgarden was a disappointing 14th, but he was happier than the fourth Penske of Helio Castroneves who shunted at Turn 1 on his first lap after setting fastest warm-up speed to that point.

The third driver to not complete a qualifying run was Ed Carpenter, who wasn’t allowed to even start one. Following his shunt in the morning practice session, his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet team failed by just six minutes to make the tech inspection line with its repaired car.

Pocono starting lineup 

ClaDriverTimeGapMph
1 26 japan  Takuma Sato  1'21.9526   219.639
2 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  1'22.0437 0.0911 219.395
3 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  1'22.0536 0.1010 219.369
4 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  1'22.1874 0.2348 219.012
5 12 australia  Will Power  1'22.3092 0.3566 218.688
6 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  1'22.3338 0.3812 218.622
7 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  1'22.5313 0.5787 218.099
8 88 colombia  Gabby Chaves  1'22.5612 0.6086 218.020
9 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  1'22.6376 0.6850 217.819
10 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  1'22.6644 0.7118 217.748
11 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  1'22.7340 0.7814 217.565
12 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  1'22.7372 0.7846 217.556
13 18 mexico  Esteban Gutierrez  1'22.8377 0.8851 217.292
14 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  1'22.8597 0.9071 217.235
15 7 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  1'22.9712 1.0186 216.943
16 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  1'23.0254 1.0728 216.801
17 4 united_states  Conor Daly  1'23.3471 1.3945 215.964
18 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  1'23.6762 1.7236 215.115
19 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  1'23.7256 1.7730 214.988
20 20 united_states  Ed Carpenter  0.0000    
21 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  0.0000    
22 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  0.0000

 

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Series IndyCar
Event Pocono
Location Pocono Raceway
Drivers Takuma Sato
Teams Andretti Autosport
Author David Malsher-Lopez