Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud takes stunning first pole of the year

Defending IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud laid down a startling sub-59sec lap around Toronto’s street course to claim his first pole position of the season ahead of surprise performer Graham Rahal.

Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud takes stunning first pole of the year
Polesitter Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
The crashed car of Esteban Gutierrez, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet

Having looked strong all weekend, Pagenaud turned a searing 58.9124sec lap of the 1.786-mile course to beat the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda of Rahal by 0.3121sec and score his 10th pole position of his career.

Perhaps more amazing was that Pagenaud outpaced Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power by 0.52 and 0.63 seconds respectively – a huge margin around a one-minute course.

Scott Dixon was almost 0.9sec adrift, despite a brilliant Q2 effort on his final lap, while local hero James Hinchclifffe claimed sixth in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda.

Penske’s fourth man, Josef Newgarden, missed out in a final desperate sprint to progress from Q2, after JR Hildebrand’s crunching encounter with a wall brought out a red flag and left everyone with a final chance to lay down one flying lap.

Newgarden will roll off seventh alongside the fastest Andretti Autosport-Honda of Alexander Rossi, who had been Top Six until the stoppage. Max Chilton was second fastest Ganassi driver and will start ninth ahead of Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti and Hildebrand who lost his best time.

A heavy shunt from Esteban Gutierrez at the end of the second group in Q1, left stars such as Tony Kanaan (Ganassi) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) outside the Top 12 – 14th and 16th respectively.

Toronto lineup

ClaDriverTimeGapMph
1 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  58.9124   109.138
2 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  59.2245 0.3121 108.563
3 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  59.4345 0.5221 108.180
4 12 australia  Will Power  59.5430 0.6306 107.982
5 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  59.7970 0.8846 107.524
6 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  1'00.1415 1.2291 106.908
7 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  59.8992 0.9868 107.340
8 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  1'00.0114 1.0990 107.140
9 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  1'00.1202 1.2078 106.946
10 26 japan  Takuma Sato  1'00.1970 1.2846 106.809
11 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  1'00.3384 1.4260 106.559
12 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  1'02.3040 3.3916 103.197
13 20 united_states  Spencer Pigot  59.7585 0.8461 107.593
14 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  1'00.0607 1.1483 107.052
15 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  59.8686 0.9562 107.395
16 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  1'00.0926 1.1802 106.995
17 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  59.9820 1.0696 107.192
18 4 united_states  Conor Daly  1'00.2713 1.3589 106.678
19 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  1'00.1650 1.2526 106.866
20 7 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  1'00.6272 1.7148 106.051
21 18 mexico  Esteban Gutierrez  1'00.7441 1.8317 105.847

 

 

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