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Pagenaud takes pole for first Houston race

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud has taken pole for Race 1 of the Shell Pennzoil GP of Houston stealing it on the last lap from the race sponsors car Helio Castroneves, which is painted with the traditional bright yellow Pennzoil colors.

It was the first pole for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports since June 2011. Pagenaud, who won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 from the fourth starting position, turned a quick lap of 59.3716 seconds in the 10-minute Fast-Six session.

"The car is awesome and has been all weekend," Pagenaud said. "It's going to be a long and physical race, but we'll be ready."

Scott Dixon will start third for Ganassi Racing ahead of Luca Filippi who came in off the bench and showed up a lot of the regulars.

Helio Castroneves on the yellow Pennzoil car

Six different teams were represented in the Firestone Fast Six. Pagenaud is the seventh different pole sitter in the nine races.

James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top-5 as Honda dominated with 8 of the top-12 starting positions.

Takuma Sato will start 6th for AJ Foyt Racing ahead of Justin Wilson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin.

Scott Dixon had his best qualifying result of the 2014 season, while Luca Filippi qualified a career-best fourth. He is competing in his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series race and first with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

More to follow......

Lineup and Tire Choice

SP Car Driver Engine Tire
1 77 Pagenaud, Simon Honda Alternate
2 3 Castroneves, Helio Chevy Alternate
3 9 Dixon, Scott Chevy Alternate
4 16 Filippi, Luca(R) Honda Alternate
5 27 Hinchcliffe, James Honda Alternate
6 14 Sato, Takuma Honda Alternate
7 19 Wilson, Justin Honda Alternate
8 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Honda Alternate
9 11 Bourdais, Sebastien Chevy Alternate
10 7 Aleshin, Mikhail(R) Honda Alternate
11 2 Montoya, Juan Pablo Chevy Alternate
12 67 Newgarden, Josef Honda Alternate
13 83 Kimball, Charlie Chevy Alternate
14 15 Rahal, Graham Honda Alternate
15 8 Briscoe, Ryan Chevy Alternate
16 25 Andretti, Marco Honda Alternate
17 20 Conway, Mike Chevy Alternate
18 12 Power, Will Chevy Alternate
19 18 Huertas, Carlos(R) Honda Alternate
20 17 Saavedra, Sebastian Chevy Primary
21 98 Hawksworth, Jack(R) Honda Alternate
22 10 Kanaan, Tony Chevy Alternate
23 34 Munoz, Carlos(R) Honda Alternate

Results
1.  (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 59.3716 (99.078)
2.  (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 59.4463 (98.953)
3.  (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5034 (98.858)
4.  (16) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 59.5523 (98.777)
5.  (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 59.6528 (98.611)
6.  (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.4037 (97.385)
7.  (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 59.4245 (98.989)
8.  (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 59.5107 (98.846)
9.  (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 59.6126 (98.677)
10.  (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 59.7003 (98.532)
11.  (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9649 (98.097)
12.  (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.0312 (97.989)
13.  (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.1291 (97.830)
14.  (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.2491 (97.635)
15.  (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.2124 (97.694)
16.  (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.3295 (97.505)
17.  (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.2358 (97.656)
18.  (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.3670 (97.444)
19.  (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.3106 (97.535)
20.  (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.4224 (97.355)
21.  (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.4203 (97.358)
22.  (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.6919 (96.922)
23.  (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.4734 (97.273)

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