Castroneves wins pole for Detroit GP

Helio Castroneves burning up the track in Detroit
Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing

He finished a close 2nd in the Indy 500, but Helio Castroneves has come out swinging in Detroit – comfortably taking pole position by 0.4426 seconds in his Chevy over the Hondas of James Hinchcliffe and Jack Hawksworth.

Pole for this race put a smile back on Roger Penske's face after a bitter defeat at the hands of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport in Indy. The fact that Roger is the race promoter here in Detroit makes the pole even sweeter.

Last year's winner Mike Conway will start 4th, while Ryan Briscoe and Juan Montoya rounded out the top-6.

"The car is spectacular, it's on rails," said Castroneves, whose lap of 1:17.2597 in Group 1 of Round 1 set the track record in its current 2.36-mile, 13-turn configuration. "The car that we had at Indy was amazing and we're carrying that momentum."

The 70-lap race will be televised by ABC (3:30 p.m. ET) as will the June 1 race (3:30 p.m. ET). Allen Bestwick is the chief announcer, with Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. the analysts.

It was the 39th career Indy car pole for Castroneves, who is the active leader, and his first of the season. Earlier this season, Castroneves earned third-place finishes on the St. Petersburg and Indianapolis street circuits after starting 10th. He is the sixth different pole winner in as many races.

James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car for Andretti Autosport, posted a best lap of 1:17.9788 in the Firestone Fast Six to earn his third front-row start this season on road/street courses. Rookie Jack Hawksworth, who has advanced to the Firestone Fast Six round three times, will start a season-best third in the No. 98 BHA/BBM with Curb Agajanian car and will join Ed Carpenter Racing's Mike Conway, the Race 1 winner last year, on Row 2.

Ryan Briscoe, driving the No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing car, qualified a season-high fifth and Juan Pablo Montoya also qualified a season-best sixth in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who vaulted to a 40-point lead in the championship standings on the strength of his victory in the Indianapolis 500 that supplied double points, will start 21st after the left-rear of the No. 28 DHL car for Andretti Autosport brushed one of the concrete barriers in Group 1 of Round 1. Will Power, who is second in the standings, qualified 16th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.

Race 2 qualifications, divided into two groups for 12 minutes each on the circuit, will be held at 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday.

More to follow…..


Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed Session Note
1 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 01:17.5362 109.110 Round3 Fast Six
2 27 Hinchcliffe, James HONDA 01:17.9788 108.491 Round3 Fast Six
3 98 Hawksworth, Jack (R) HONDA 01:18.0731 108.360 Round3 Fast Six
4 20 Conway, Mike CHEVY 01:18.3015 108.044 Round3 Fast Six
5 8 Briscoe, Ryan CHEVY 01:18.8098 107.347 Round3 Fast Six
6 2 Montoya, Juan Pablo CHEVY 01:19.7296 106.109 Round3 Fast Six
7 11 Bourdais, Sebastien CHEVY 01:17.9806 108.489 EliminationRound2 Top12
8 10 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 01:18.0200 108.434 EliminationRound2 Top12
9 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 01:18.0355 108.412 EliminationRound2 Top12
10 9 Dixon, Scott CHEVY 01:18.0630 108.374 EliminationRound2 Top12
11 34 Munoz, Carlos (R) HONDA 01:18.1450 108.260 EliminationRound2 Top12
12 18 Huertas, Carlos (R) HONDA 01:18.4772 107.802 EliminationRound2 Top12
13 17 Saavedra, Sebastian CHEVY 01:18.3622 107.960 EliminationRound1 Group1
14 67 Newgarden, Josef HONDA 01:18.5309 107.728 EliminationRound1 Group2
15 14 Sato, Takuma HONDA 01:18.3689 107.951 EliminationRound1 Group1
16 12 Power, Will CHEVY 01:18.6807 107.523 EliminationRound1 Group2
17 77 Pagenaud, Simon HONDA 01:18.4709 107.811 EliminationRound1 Group1
18 25 Andretti, Marco HONDA 01:18.8743 107.259 EliminationRound1 Group2
19 19 Wilson, Justin HONDA 01:18.5181 107.746 EliminationRound1 Group1
20 83 Kimball, Charlie CHEVY 01:19.1176 106.929 EliminationRound1 Group2
21 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan HONDA 01:19.8292 105.976 EliminationRound1 Group1
22 7 Aleshin, Mikhail (R) HONDA 01:19.6300 106.241 EliminationRound1 Group2

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