3 time Indy 500 winner put a disappointing 2nd place finish at last weekend’s second-closest-ever Indy 500 finish to bed with a solid performance at Belle Isle that saw the Penske driver end up on pole for the first Dual in Detroit race later today.
“The car is spectacular, it’s on rails,” said Castroneves, whose lap of 1:17.2597 in Group 1 of Round 1 in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car set the track record in its current 2.36-mile, 13-turn configuration. “The car that we had at Indy (a bright-yellow Pennzoil-liveried “throwback” special) was amazing, and we’re carrying that momentum.”
Helio will be starting alongside James Hincliffe and ahead of up-and-coming rookie driver Jack Hawksworth, who starts alongside Mike Conway’s Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet … which, if you ask me (you didn’t) was robbed of an Indy 500 win by Townsend Bell and his “let’s see how many crashes I can cause / I am why you don’t need 33 drivers at Indy” Memorial Day weekend. I know, I know: nobody asked me.
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.|
|98||Jack Hawksworth ®||Honda||3|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||6|
|34||Carlos Munoz ®||Honda||11|
|18||Carlos Huertas ®||Honda||12|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin ®||Honda||22|
Source | Images: IndyCar.