The last driver to go out in the qualifying session, Gas 2 favorite Juan Pablo Montoya rolled his Chevy-powered Penske-Dallara office chair out onto the 2.5 mile long “tricky triangle” and got to work. Fueled by a high-octane blend of Sunoco E85, Montoya broke the one-lap and two-lap track record on the way to the Pocono 500 pole! It’s the 15th P1 start of JPM’s IndyCar career and the first since his return to the sport after more than a decade away.
Hot damn, what a run!
Montoya recorded a first lap of 223.920 MPH and a two-lap average of 223.871 MPH on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, breaking the records set by 221.273 MPH record Marco Andretti during IndyCar’s run at the Pocono Raceway last year.
Despite Motoya’s performance, however. Sunday’s the day that counts, and Montoya will start tomorrow’s Pocono 500 just a few feet ahead of Will Power, who’s been strong all season, and within striking distance of previous Pocono lap record-holder Marco Andretti – and the Andretti legend goes way, way back at Pocono.
You can see how the day played out for the rest of the IndyCar field in the handy-dandy qualifying chart, below, and look for both Josef Newgarden and Jack Hawksworth to charge through the field – they’re both way too good to stay at the back of the pack for long.
The 2014 running of the IndyCar Pocono 500 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports, tomorrow, at Noon EST. It’s gonna be a good one!
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.||Avg. Speed|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||1||223.871 MPH|
|12||Will Power||Chevy||2||223.725 MPH|
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||3||223.083 MPH|
|14||Takuma Sato||Honda||4||222.798 MPH|
|25||Marco Andretti||Honda||5||222.715 MPH|
|27||James Hinchcliffe||Honda||6||222.544 MPH|
|3||Helio Castroneves||Chevy||7||222.517 MPH|
|10||Tony Kanaan||Chevy||8||221.970 MPH|
|28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Honda||9||221.950 MPH|
|8||Ryan Briscoe||Chevy||10||221.565 MPH|
|77||Simon Pagenaud||Honda||11||221.547 MPH|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||12||221.221 MPH|
|20||Ed Carpenter||Chevy||13||221.019 MPH|
|15||Graham Rahal||Honda||14||220.747 MPH|
|9||Scott Dixon||Chevy||15||220.604 MPH|
|19||Justin Wilson||Honda||16||220.439 MPH|
|83||Charlie Kimball||Chevy||17||220.377 MPH|
|11||Sebastien Bourdais||Chevy||18||219.741 MPH|
|17||Sebastian Saavedra||Chevy||19||218.502 MPH|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||20||216.261 MPH|
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||22||DNQ|
Source | Photos: IndyCar.