Texas IndyCar: Kimball takes pole, Honda dominates, Vautier stars

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Texas IndyCar: Kimball takes pole, Honda dominates, Vautier stars
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Jun 9, 2017, 9:14 PM

Charlie Kimball scored the first pole position of his 109-race IndyCar career when he led a Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 1-2 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kimball lapped the course at 222.364 and 222.747mph to set an average of 222.556 to beat de facto team leader Scott Dixon by 0.04mph, as Tony Kanaan and Max Chilton capped a great qualifying session for Ganassi with fourth and sixth respectively.

Alexander Rossi led the Andretti Autosport foursome with third fastest time, but arguably the star of the session was Tristan Vautier for Dale Coyne Racing-Honda. In the substitute role for Sebastien Bourdais, he set a 221.801mph over his two laps to grab fifth place.

Mikhail Aleshin lead the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda charge in seventh, with Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato in eighth.

Top Chevrolet runners were Will Power and Helio Castroneves in ninth and 10th, 1.3mph off top spot, and Power said his car was trimmed out as much as it could be.

Carlos Munoz did not participate in the session and will start 22nd

Qualifying results:

Pos.DriverTimeGapMph
1 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  46.5861   222.556
2 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  46.5944 0.0083 222.516
3 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  46.6098 0.0237 222.442
4 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  46.7013 0.1152 222.007
5 18 france  Tristan Vautier  46.7445 0.1584 221.801
6 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  46.7756 0.1895 221.654
7 7 russia  Mikhail Aleshin  46.8105 0.2244 221.489
8 26 japan  Takuma Sato  46.8171 0.2310 221.458
9 12 australia  Will Power  46.8553 0.2692 221.277
10 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  46.8716 0.2855 221.200
11 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  46.9237 0.3376 220.954
12 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  46.9470 0.3609 220.845
13 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  46.9764 0.3903 220.707
14 20 united_states  Ed Carpenter  47.0231 0.4370 220.487
15 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  47.0593 0.4732 220.318
16 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  47.1264 0.5403 220.004
17 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  47.1387 0.5526 219.947
18 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  47.3512 0.7651 218.960
19 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  47.7095 1.1234 217.315
20 88 colombia  Gabby Chaves  48.0976 1.5115 215.562
21 4 united_states  Conor Daly  48.1066 1.5205 215.521
22 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  no time    
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Series IndyCar
Event Texas
Location Texas Motor Speedway
Drivers Charlie Kimball
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author David Malsher
Article type Qualifying report