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ABC Supply Co. Inc. Pocono 500 Qualifying Report

  • Career-first IndyCar Series pole for Aleshin
  • Third consecutive superspeedway pole for Honda
  • Honda drivers claim five of top seven qualifying positions
Circuit: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA
2015 Winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 146.245 mph average
Weather:

Partly sunny, warm, 81 degrees F

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

220.445

Career first Indy car pole

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

220.195

 

  3.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

220.067

 

  4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

219.781

 

  5.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

219.647

 

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

219.463

 

  7.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

219.326

 

  8.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.617

 

  9.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

218.606

 

10.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

218.424

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

218.204

 

12.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

218.051

 

13.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

218.012

 

20.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

214.247

 

21.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

211.267

 

22.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

No speed

Crash in practice

Following in the wheel tracks of James Hinchcliffe at Indianapolis and Carlos Munoz in Texas, Mikhail Aleshin claimed his first Verizon IndyCar Series pole Saturday at Pocono Raceway in qualifying for Sunday's ABC Supply Co. Inc. Pocono 500.  It is the third Indy car pole of 2016 for Honda, all scored at super speedway circuits.

At the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May, Hinchcliffe posted his career-first pole, with Munoz following suit in June, in qualifying for the rain-delayed Texas Motor Speedway round, scheduled to conclude next weekend.

A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato will start third for Honda and both race and team sponsor ABC Building Supply Co. Inc.  Munoz and Hinchcliffe continued to show strong speedway form, qualifying fifth and sixth, respectively, with Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi making it five Hondas in the top seven starting positions.

Ryan Huntr-Reay, the defending race winner, escaped injury in a morning practice session crash, but now will start Sunday's 200-lap race from the rear of the 22-car starting field.  The ABC Supply Co. Inc. Pocono 500 starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Mikhail Aleshin (#7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) pole qualifier, 1st career IndyCar Series pole:  ""It's my first pole in INDYCAR and I am so happy to bring the car up there. We had a couple of 'moments' in Turn 1, but I decided to keep it flat and see what would happen. [Hitting] the wall didn't happen, but pole position happened – amazing.  You don't know what this means to me.  It's hard to put into words but I am so proud of this team.  I really enjoy ovals and my team gave me a perfect car."

 

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