IndyCar 2014: Dual in Detroit – Race 1 Qualifying

IndyCar Dual in Detroit - Race 1

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.

You can see how qualifying played out for the rest of the IndyCar grid, below – and look out for big moves from Montoya and Bourdais if you catch the race on ABC at 3:30 EST. Enjoy!

 

Car No. Driver Engine Grid Pos.
3 Helio Castroneves Chevy 1
27 James Hinchliffe Honda 2
98 Jack Hawksworth ® Honda 3
20 Mike Conway Chevy 4
8 Ryan Briscoe Chevy 5
2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 6
11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevy 7
10 Tony Kanaan Chevy 8
15 Graham Rahal Honda 9
9 Scott Dixon Chevy 10
34 Carlos Munoz ® Honda 11
18 Carlos Huertas ® Honda 12
17 Sebastian Saavedra Chevy 13
67 Josef Newgarden Honda 14
14 Taumka Sato Honda 15
12 Will Power Chevy 16
77 Simon Pagenaud Honda 17
25 Marco Andretti Honda 18
19 Justin Wilson Honda 19
83 Charlie Kimball Chevy 20
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 21
7 Mikhail Aleshin ® Honda 22

 

Source | Images: IndyCar.

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