|Team owner AJ Foyt (L) and Takuma Sato celebrate their pole for race #2 later today|
Takuma Sato has won pole for today's Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit race 2. With a lap of 1:16.1371, the driver of #14 ABC Supply Honda scored his second pole position of 2014.
Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe will start on the outside of the front row. The second-place qualifying position, is the fifth such effort for the driver of the #27 United Fiber and Data Honda this season, and ninth of his career. Hinchcliffe has never won a Verizon IndyCar Pole award.
Yesterday's pole winner Helio Castroneves was the highest placing Chevrolet in third position. Mike Conway will start fourth, with Ryan Briscoe fifth.
"I'm extremely pleased for the ABC Supply team," said Sato. "Yesterday's race was tough with the gearbox problem, but we used the race as a test session and we learned a lot. We found something that we needed to solve and the team and our engineers did a great job getting everything together.
"I knew the track was really good from watching the first group. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but when I had two laps to go I felt confident that the car worked really well and the last lap the car turned right. I just had to make sure that I didn’t make a mistake as I was committed 100 percent of the time. That’s a really great moment for qualifying."
With just one 12-minute session for each of the two groups of 11 drivers, the qualifying was an all or nothing effort. For the ABC Supply team in the second group, Sato drove the ultimate lap posting a time of 1 minute, 16.1371 seconds (111.115mph), which was nearly a quarter of a second quicker than outside pole winner James Hinchcliffe, who was the quickest in the first group of qualifiers. The groups line up with the group earning the pole occupying the odd-numbered positions and the other group the even-numbered positions.
Helio Castroneves began his celebration of nipping James Hinchcliffe for the pole several seconds too early as Sato had yet to cross the line. Elation turned into dejection as he realized he would be starting third instead of first.
|1||14||Takuma Sato||Tokyo, Japan||ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda||A.J. Foyt Racing||01:16.1371||111.115|
|2||27||James Hinchcliffe||Toronto||United Fiber & Data||Honda||Andretti Autosport||01:16.3739||110.771|
|3||3||Helio Castroneves||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Hitachi Team Penske||Chevrolet||Team Penske||01:16.3624||110.788|
|4||20||Mike Conway||Bromley, England||Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||Ed Carpenter Racing||01:16.8580||110.073|
|5||8||Ryan Briscoe||Sydney, Australia||NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing||01:16.5382||110.533|
|6||34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Bogota, Colombia||Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM||Honda||Andretti HVM||01:16.9340||109.964|
|7||77||Simon Pagenaud||Montmorillon, France||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports||Honda||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Mtrsprts||01:16.8539||110.079|
|8||12||Will Power||Toowoomba, Australia||Verizon Team Penske||Chevrolet||Team Penske||01:17.0297||109.828|
|9||17||Sebastian Saavedra||Bogota, Colombia||AFS KV AFS Racing||Chevrolet||KV AFS Racing||01:17.0688||109.772|
|10||67||Josef Newgarden||Hendersonville, Tenn.||Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||Honda||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||01:17.1310||109.684|
|11||11||Sebastien Bourdais||Le Mans, France||Mistic KVSH Racing||Chevrolet||KVSH Racing||01:17.1155||109.706|
|12||18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Bogota, Colombia||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing||01:17.4651||109.210|
|13||19||Justin Wilson||Sheffield, England||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing||01:17.1660||109.634|
|14||15||Graham Rahal||New Albany, Ohio||National Guard||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||01:17.5948||109.028|
|15||2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Bogota, Colombia||Verizon Team Penske||Chevrolet||Penske Motorsports||01:17.2979||109.447|
|16||7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Moscow||SMP Racing||Honda||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||01:18.1119||108.306|
|17||10||Tony Kanaan||Salvador, Brazil||Energizer||Chevrolet||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||01:17.3386||109.389|
|18||25||Marco Andretti||Nazareth, Pa.||Snapple||Honda||Andretti Autosport||01:18.1820||108.209|
|19||98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Bradford, England||Integrity Energee Drink||Honda||BHA/BBM with Curb Agajanian||01:17.4172||109.278|
|20||83||Charlie Kimball||Camarillo, Calif.||Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing||01:18.1871||108.202|
|21||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||DHL||Honda||Andretti Autosport||No Time||No S|
|22||9||Scott Dixon||Auckland, New Zealand||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||01:19.4557||106.474|