Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske Chevrolet, was third quickest with a four-lap average of 230.432 mph.
Pagenaud's four-lap average speed of 230.070 mph in his third attempt in the No. 77 Lucas Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone car was seventh fastest overall.
We now know what nine drivers will compete for the Indianapolis 500 pole Sunday.
Ed Carpenter: "I think we have a good chance for the pole on Sunday but the field is very tight this year."
Details on how you make the field -- or don't make it
The front row for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will look very interesting Saturday.
Pagenaud's fastest lap was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph. Aleshin's was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph.
The 23-year-old will be making his third IndyCar start at Barber this weekend.
Long Beach Champ must now start 21st in Sunday’s 90-lap feature.
Honda drivers take five of top six starting positions
Bourdais logged a lap of 67.9403 seconds, 104.253 mph and held the top spot, but on the last lap both Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe slipped past him dropping Bourdais to third.
Newgarden turned a top lap of 1 minute, 8.0097 seconds, 104.173 mph.
Pagenaud Sixth in Long Beach Qualifying; Aleshin 20th.
Castroneves qualified ninth after recording a fast lap of 1:08.1119 in the streets of Long Beach.
ECR driver hopes for a strong run in Sunday’s race
Sebastian Saavedra will have a lot of work to do at Long Beach after qualifying in the 22nd position.
Rookie Jack Hawksworth turned some heads at Long Beach after advancing to the Firestone Fast Six and ended up 5th on the grid.
From being second here last year and being fast, the where we are now is a mystery.
Justin Wilson will start from 10th on the grid in Sunday’s 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Graham lost control of the race car on the slick course and made contact with a tire barrier which brought out a red flag.
The Japanese driver, whose philosophy “No Attack, No Chance” has endeared him to many, was clearly in control as the Verizon IndyCar Series kicked off its 2014 season.
Helio Castroneves will start 10th after posting a fast lap of 1:03.6635 in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet during the second round of qualifying.
Tony Kanaan qualified in second for the first race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
First race of 2014 season takes place on Sunday
Sebastian Saavedra posted a lap time of 63.8374.