Qualifying results for Grand Prix of Indy 

Pagenaud's on the pole

click to enlarge Simon Pagenuad, pole sitter for the 2016 Grand Prix. - MIKE WILLIAMS
  • Simon Pagenuad, pole sitter for the 2016 Grand Prix.
  • Mike Williams

Simon Pagenaud claimed his second pole position of the season after winning the Firestone Fast Six this afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pagenaud claimed the pole with a time of 1:08.6868.

Charlie Kimball will make his career best start in second with a time of 1:08.9816. Graham Rahal will start third with a time of 1:09.1816. James Hinchcliffe will make his best start of the season starting forth with a time of 1:08.6868. Joesef Newgarden takes fifth at 1:09.4316. Jack Hawksworth also taking a season best sixth place with a time of 1:09.5141.

In what was a surprising turn of events during qualifying, Pagenaud was the only driver representing Team Penske in the Fast Six. Team Andretti continued with the struggles they’ve been seeing this weekend. Alexander Rossi is starting in the best position for Andretti, qualifying 14th.

Max Chilton leads all the rookies qualifying in 13th with a time of 1:09.3289 out of Elimination Round 1, Group 1.

Qualifying for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis took place in the elimination style. Round 1 started in two groups. The top six in the each groups advance to Elimination Round 2. The remaining drivers were added to the starting grid in order based on their fastest times in round. In Elimination Round 2, the 12 drivers have their times reset and start off fresh. The top six times in Round 2 advance to the Firestone Fast Six. The remaining drivers are added to the grid in order based on their Round 2 times. Positions 1-6 are sorted out by the top six times in the Firestone Fast Six.

Group 1 saw a top six of Hawkworth (1:09.1601) Scott Dixon (1:09.2005) Kimball (1:09.2451) Sebastien Bourdais (1:09.2463), Mikhail Aleshin (1:09.2537), Juan Pablo Montoya 1:09.3260. The top six in group 2 were Will Power (1:08.6746), Pagenaud (1:08.7556,) Newgarden (1:09.0106), Hinchcliffe (1:09.0244) Rahal (1:09.0514), and Tony Kanaan 1:09.0845.

In Round 2 the top six finishers were Pagenaud (1:08.796), Rahal (1:08.9684), Hichcliffe (1:09.0086), Kimball (1:09.0607), Hawksworth (1:09.0611), and Newgarden (1:09.1388).

Two drivers set track records in the qualifying rounds. Jack Hawksworth initially set the record with a time of 1:09.1601. Not to be outdone, Will Power set the new track record with a time of 1:08.6746.

The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place tomorrow with the green flag scheduled to drop at 3:50pm.

SP # Name C/A/E/T Time

1 22 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 01:08.6868
2 83 Kimball, Charlie D/C/C/F 01:08.9816
3 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 01:09.1816
4 5 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 01:09.2260
5 21 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 01:09.4316
6 41 Hawksworth, Jack D/H/H/F 01:09.5141
7 10 Kanaan, Tony D/C/C/F 01:09.2511
8 2 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 01:09.2645
9 9 Dixon, Scott D/C/C/F 01:09.4010
10 11 Bourdais, Sebastien D/C/C/F 01:09.4436
11 7 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 01:09.6771
12 12 Power, Will D/C/C/F 01:09.9297
13 8 Chilton, Max (R) D/C/C/F 01:09.3289
14 98 Rossi, Alexander (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.1475
15 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 01:09.4947 126.346
16 61 Brabham, Matt (R) D/C/C/F 01:09.2944 126.712
17 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 01:09.5276
18 6 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 01:09.4377
19 26 Munoz, Carlos D/H/H/F 01:09.6457
20 16 Pigot, Spencer (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.4591
21 27 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 01:09.7478
22 14 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 01:09.4659
23 35 Tagliani, Alex D/H/H/F 01:10.4109
24 18 Daly, Conor (R) D/H/H/F 01:09.4795
25 19 Chaves, Gabby D/H/H/F 01:09.7720

(C)hassis: D=Dallara / (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda / (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda / (T)ire: F=Firestone

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