Toronto IndyCar: Power leads Pagenaud and Montoya in Penske sweep

Will Power used his final flying lap to secure pole position for Sunday's IndyCar race in Toronto

Toronto IndyCar: Power leads Pagenaud and Montoya in Penske sweep

Team Penske led every moment of the Fast Six, but for most of the session it was Juan Pablo Montoya who held the advantage.

The current points leader only lost his grip on first place in the final minute when team-mate Simon Pagenaud jumped ahead of him, but the Frenchman barely had time to register it before he himself was beaten by Power.

"We tried everything," said Power.

"The last set-up was really good - we went towards what Montoya had, and it was a lot better. It was a very nice car towards the end.

"Starting on pole is great; it keeps me out of the mess early on, but IndyCar races are never straightforward."

The all-Penske top three capped an all-Chevrolet top six, with Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Luca Filippi rounding out the first three rows.

Quite a few drivers were left ruing what might have been after both of the opening sessions were shortened by stoppages.

Sebastian Saavedra was on target to progress from the first group when he spun in the final minute while sitting fourth-fastest.

He lost his two fastest laps, and James Jakes was promoted to the second round in his place.

The culprit in the second session was Rodolfo Gonzalez, who clattered into the wall with two minutes remaining.

The consequent loss of his two fastest laps had little impact on the Venezuelan himself, who was already last, but it cost several other drivers a final run on red tyres.

"It's just the way this season has been rolling," said Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was one of the victims.

"I thought we had a hood shot at advancing there; the car felt good. But then the red [flag] came out just as we put on the red tyres.

"Unfortunate, but that's the way it goes."

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.4280s -
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.6095s 0.1815s
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.6242s 0.1962s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 59.8879s 0.4599s
5 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 59.9012s 0.4732s
6 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.2312s 0.8032s
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.8940s -
8 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 59.9500s -
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.0901s -
10 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m00.1241s -
11 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.1323s -
12 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m00.4576s -
13 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.6849s -
14 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.4569s -
15 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8553s -
16 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.5959s -
17 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.9926s -
18 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.9907s -
19 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.2543s -
20 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.4000s -
21 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.5065s -
22 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.4016s -
23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.0167s -


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