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Houston IndyCar: Helio Castroneves given pole after rules mix-up

Helio Castroneves, Penske, Houston IndyCar 2013

Helio Castroneves has been handed pole for Houston's second IndyCar race after it was ruled that the procedure for determining the grid when qualifying is cancelled had been incorrectly applied.

According to rule 8.1.10.1b of the regulations, in situations where qualifying is unable to be completed, the grid will be determined by the entrant points standing entering the event.

The confusion appears to have arisen from differing takes on what constituted the 'event'.

Scott Dixon's #10 Ganassi car, which had previously been declared the polesitter, is the current entrant point leader due to the New Zealander's win in race one on Saturday.

However, it has since been determined that the 'event' is defined as the entire weekend, not just Sunday's second race of the double-header.

Castroneves' Penske entry was leading the entrant points prior to the Houston weekend, meaning that the Brazilian will now line up in first place for the race, with Dixon to remain on the front row alongside him.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine
 1.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy
 2.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda
 3.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda
 4.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy
 5.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy
 6.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda
 7.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda
 8.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy
 9.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy
10.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda
11.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy
12.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy
13.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy
14.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda
15.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy
16.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda
17.  Mike Conway          Coyne/Honda
18.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda
19.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy
20.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda
21.  Oriol Servia         Panther/Chevy
22.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda
23.  Luca Filippi         Herta/Honda
24.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy

All drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis
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