Houston IndyCar: Helio Castroneves given pole after rules mix-up
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, October 6th 2013, 15:50 GMT|
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 188.8.131.52b 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