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IndyCar Sonoma: Pagenaud takes pole position for title decider

Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud stormed to pole position for the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma

The Frenchman faced stiff competition from team-mates Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya, but managed to come out on top by 0.1569 seconds.

Pagenaud's title rival, Will Power, finished fourth to make it an all-Penske top four.

Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay were the quickest of the Honda-powered cars, and will line up together on the third row for the double points race on Sunday, thanks to an impressive Fast 12 performance.

The Fast 12 portion of qualifying produced a title battle, with reigning champion Scott Dixon finishing outside of the top six by 0.0032s, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan missed out on the second part of qualifying by 0.0990s and will start on the seventh row.

Practice three pacesetter Marco Andretti also narrowly missed out on a Fast 12 spot, just 0.0588s shy of the time needed to progress.

He joins Kanaan on row seven for the season finale.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.2565s -
2 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.4134s 0.1569s
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.5400s 0.2835s
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.6659s 0.4094s
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m16.7149s 0.4584s
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.9132s 0.6567s
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.5700s -
8 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m16.5840s -
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.6115s -
10 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.8142s -
11 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m16.8909s -
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.9627s -
13 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.9481s -
14 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.9288s -
15 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m16.9661s -
16 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m17.0314s -
17 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m17.0823s -
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.1310s -
19 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3052s -
20 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.1926s -
21 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.6771s -
22 R.C. Enerson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.3264s -


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