Pocono IndyCar: Castroneves pole, Montoya 19th, crash for Kimball

Helio Castroneves led a Penske top-three sweep in Pocono IndyCar qualifying, although team-mate and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya faces the prospect of fighting through from the 10th row

Pocono IndyCar: Castroneves pole, Montoya 19th, crash for Kimball

Castroneves bumped Simon Pagenaud from pole with a two-lap average of 220.530mph, while the 220.398mph average set earlier by Will Power - who was second in line to qualify - proved good enough to keep him in third.

Based on the performance of his colleagues Montoya might have expected to have started up at the front with them.

But the Colombian encountered a load of understeer in the first corner of his first flying lap and was forced to lift off the throttle.

His second lap was a little better, but the combined average of 217.194mph ultimately left him down in 19th.

Main title rival Graham Rahal rubbed some additional salt into Montoya's wound's by qualifying fifth-fastest and best of the Hondas, while Ganassi's Scott Dixon, who currently sits third in the points, was forced to settle for 11th.

Dixon's disappointing run capped a tough day for Chip Ganassi Racing, which will spend the next 24 hours preparing a spare car for Charlie Kimball after he crashed heavily in Turn 3.

Kimball, who was fastest in morning practice, understeered badly through the first corner, and made some adjustments in the cockpit in an attempt to dial it out.

But it appeared that he went too far: as he entered Turn 3 the rear stepped out and sent the car looping along the catch fencing.

His car was extensively damaged, as was the fence, and the session was stopped for the best part of an hour to allow for repairs to the barrier. But Kimball himself was unharmed.

"I'm alright," he said. "I'm really disappointed.

"I went into Turn 1, and the car really caught me out with the handling and I made some adjustments and maybe I was a little aggressive, but it's qualifying and you've got to go for it.

"Anytime you hit a wall at 220mph; 225mph, you come out of it with a couple of bruises, but I'm fine."

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QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Speed
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 220.530
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 220.485
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 220.398
4 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 220.141
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 220.118
6 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 219.831
7 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 219.685
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 219.672
9 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 219.578
10 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 219.521
11 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 218.969
12 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 218.816
13 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 218.596
14 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 218.331
15 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 218.246
16 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 218.152
17 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 217.372
18 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 217.241
19 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 217.194
20 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 216.401
21 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 216.315
22 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 215.101
23 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.000
24 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 0.000

Order set by average speed over a two-lap run

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