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Sato beats teammate Rahal to pole

  • Published on 06 Apr 2019 23:15
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Takuma Sato has taken his first IndyCar pole position since Pocono in 2015, laying down a 1:08.5934 in the Fast Six.

The Japanese driver leads an all Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing front row, as he got the better of teammate Graham Rahal, who held provisional pole after the first round of laps.

Not a single Team Penske car managed to make it into the Fast Six, the first time that has happened since Long Beach, 2014. 

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon ended the session in third place, beating Schmidt Peterson Motorsport's James Hinchcliffe to lead the second row. 

Sebastian Bourdais was fifth, while Spencer Pigot setting his fastest lap on the slower, black Firestone tyre to secure sixth for the start of tomorrow's race. 

Perhaps surprisingly, there were no red flags deployed during the qualifying sessions, after the practice running was heavily disturbed by the reds throughout the weekend on the build-up to qualifying. 

Will Power will start from seventh, having secured pole position at the first two rounds of the season so far. His teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud were surprise exits from Q1.

Alexander Rossi joins Power on row four, ahead of Colton Herta, who won last time out at the Circuit of the Americas. Santino Ferrucci will start from tenth. 


Firestone Fast Six
 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1:08.5934       -
2. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1:08.6971 +0.1037
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:08.8081 +0.2147
4. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsport 1:08.8476 +0.2542
5. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.0189 +0.4255
6. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.6074 +1.0140


Q2 
 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:08.4074      -
2. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1:08.5951 +0.1877
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:08.6123 +0.2049
4. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:08.6234 +0.2160
5. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:08.6996 +0.2922
6. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:08.7860 +0.3786
7. Will Power  Team Penske 1:08.8248 +0.4174
8. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1:08.8866 +0.4792
9. Colton Herta Harding Racing 1:08.9130 +0.5056
10. Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.0213 +0.6139
11. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1:09.0764 +0.6690
12. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1:09.2967 +0.8893


Q1 Group 2
 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:08.4996  
2. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:08.5104 +0.0108
3. Will Power Team Penske 1:08.5397 +0.0401
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1:08.6872 +0.1876
5. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1:08.7171 +0.2175
6. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:08.7545 +0.2549
7. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 1:08.7943 +0.2947
8. Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1:08.8700 +0.3704
9. Patricio O'Ward Carlin 1:08.9011 +0.4015
10. Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:08.9226 +0.4230
11. Max Chilton Carlin 1:09.0566 +0.5570
12. Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 1:10.4165 +1.9169


Q1 Group 1 
 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1:08.3548        -
2. Colton Herta Harding Racing 1:08.3762 +0.0214
3. Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 1:08.5672 +0.2124
4. Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:08.5930 +0.2382
5. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1:08.8013 +0.4465
6. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1:08.8605 +0.5057
7. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1:08.8950 +0.5402
8. Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:08.9477 +0.5929
9. Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 1:08.9630 +0.6082
10. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:09.0327 +0.6779
11. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 1:09.0441 +0.6893
12. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 1:09.4478 +1.0930

 

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