Sato, Honda Claim Pocono Pole

8/19/2017 9:47:00 PM

  • Seventh career pole for Sato, second pole of 2017
  • Honda drivers take seven of top 10 starting positions
  • Second 500-mile race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series

Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato completed a dramatic day of Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at Pocono Raceway, claiming the pole for Honda in the final run of the afternoon, and just minutes after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed heavily in Turn 3.

After drawing the final spot in the qualifying order, Sato was waiting in pit lane as his Andretti Autosport teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, spun entering the final corner, making heavy contact with both the outside and inside SAFER barriers. He exited the car under his own power, but was later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. As the next – and last – driver to qualify, Sato completed a flawless run of 219.639 mph over two laps of the Pocono tri-oval to claim his second pole of 2017, and the seventh of his career. 

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan claimed the second row of the starting grid in their qualifying runs, and will start third and fourth, respectively. Alexander Rossi will start sixth in his Andretti Autosport Honda, with Graham Rahal seventh. Scott Dixon and Max Chilton rounded out the top 10 for Honda. Television coverage of Sunday’s 200-lap race, the second 500-mile oval race of 2017, starts at 2 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner, pole qualifier today in Pocono: "I’ve always enjoy this track in the past years, but I've never had a win. But I always enjoy it. That's why the pole here is something very special, especially after Indy 500, coming to another 500 race, the entire crew from the #26 car did an outstanding job. Have to say big thank you to Michael and all Andretti Autosport. I am very happy."

ABC Supply Co., Inc. Pocono 500
Circuit: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA
2016 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske Honda) 180.198 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, breezy, 78 degrees F

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed mph

Notes

  1.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

219.639

 

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

219.395

 

  3.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

219.369

 

  4.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

219.012

 

  5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.688

 

  6.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

218.622

 

  7.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

218.099

 

  8.

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Chevrolet

218.020

 

  9.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

217.819

 

10.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

217.748

 

Other Honda Results

11.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

217.565

 

12.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

217.556

 

13.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

217.292

 

15.

Sebastian Saavedra

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

216.943

 

16.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

216.801

 

21.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

No speed

Crashed in qualifying

 

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