IRL: St. Louis: Toyota Motorsports Saturday report

Castroneves, Toyota take Gateway Pole Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) won his second pole position of the season and the second straight for Marlboro Team Penske at Gateway International Raceway in qualifying for Sunday's Emerson Indy ...

Castroneves, Toyota take Gateway Pole

Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) won his second pole position of the season and the second straight for Marlboro Team Penske at Gateway International Raceway in qualifying for Sunday's Emerson Indy 250.

Toyota-powered cars have now sat on the pole for nine of the last 10 IRL events with the only exception coming when qualifying was washed out at Pikes Peak in June with the starting grid decided by practice times.

With the pole position today, Castroneves earned his second pole of the season and the third of his IndyCar Series career. It's the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner's fourth front-row starting position of the season. He also won the pole at this year's Indianapolis 500 and was second at Pikes Peak and Nashville.

Gil de Ferran matched his top starting position of the season today with a fourth. It marks the fourth time that he will start fourth this season.

Scott Dixon's fifth marks the ninth time he's qualified in the top-five in the last 10 events. Dixon now has four poles, two seconds, a third, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth in his last 10 IndyCar starts.

Alex Barron has now qualified in the top eight in each of his three starts since joining the Hollywood Toyota team for Mo Nunn Racing at Nashville. He qualified sixth at both Nashville and Michigan. In four starts overall this season, Barron has three top-six finishes with a sixth at Indy, a fifth at Nashville and a win in the most recent IndyCar Series event at Michigan two weeks ago. When including only the races he's competed in this season, Barron would rank second overall in points.

Three different Toyota teams placed two cars each in the top-10. Marlboro Team Penske's duo placed first (Helio Castroneves) and fourth (Gil de Ferran). Target Chip Ganassi Racing placed fifth (Scott Dixon) and seventh (Tomas Scheckter), and Mo Nunn Racing placed eighth (Alex Barron) and 10th (Tora Takagi).

Overall, Toyota-powered drivers took three of the top five and six of the top-10 spots.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing