Detroit IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato on pole

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato snatched a late pole position for the second of the IndyCar races in Detroit

Detroit IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato on pole

Sato clinched pole on his final lap as part of the second qualifying group, clocking in a 1m13.6732s to finish the session just over a tenth of a second faster than race one winner and polesitter Graham Rahal.

This is Sato's first pole position since the same event in 2014.

Ryan Hunter-Reay topped a truncated first session with a 1m15.2833s to start second.

The first group was disadvantaged by a red flag, brought out for Carlos Munoz after the AJ Foyt driver hit the wall on the exit of Turn 2.

Rahal starts third after being overcome by Sato in the latter stages of qualifying, lining up once again alongside Helio Castroneves, who was a quarter of a second off Hunter-Reay's best time of the first session.

The third row will be occupied by both Schmidt-Peterson drivers, as James Hinchcliffe will start fifth for the second time this weekend, albeit this time ahead of team-mate Mikhail Aleshin.

Will Power, who set the early pace in the second qualifying session, will try to make amends for a disappointing first race by starting seventh ahead of Scott Dixon, who finished second on Saturday.

Marco Andretti and Conor Daly round out the top 10.

Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi, both top five finishers in Saturday's race, could only manage to reach row seven, with Newgarden half a second off Sato's pole time.

Munoz was the only driver not to set a representative time as a result of his crash in the first session, and will start the race later from last on the grid.

RACE TWO STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m13.6732s
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m15.2833s
3 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m13.8105s
4 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m15.5279s
5 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m13.8264s
6 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m16.0371s
7 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m13.9449s
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.1727s
9 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m14.0339s
10 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.1732s
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m14.0765s
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.1800s
13 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m14.1814s
14 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m16.2884s
15 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m14.3287s
16 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.5150s
17 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m14.7786s
18 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.6272s
19 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m15.0055s
20 Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m21.4485s
21 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m15.8491s
22 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet -


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