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Old 30 Aug 2017, 04:52 am
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Default Honda Racing: Sato, Honda Claim Pocono Pole

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  • Seventh career pole for Sato, second pole of 2017

  • Honda drivers take seven of top 10 starting positions

  • Second 500-mile race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series


Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato completed a dramatic day of Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at Pocono Raceway, claiming the pole for Honda in the final run of the afternoon, and just minutes after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed heavily in Turn 3.


After drawing the final spot in the qualifying order, Sato was waiting in pit lane as his Andretti Autosport teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, spun entering the final corner, making heavy contact with both the outside and inside SAFER barriers. He exited the car under his own power, but was later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. As the next – and last – driver to qualify, Sato completed a flawless run of 219.639 mph over two laps of the Pocono tri-oval to claim his second pole of 2017, and the seventh of his career. 


Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan claimed the second row of the starting grid in their qualifying runs, and will start third and fourth, respectively. Alexander Rossi will start sixth in his Andretti Autosport Honda, with Graham Rahal seventh. Scott Dixon and Max Chilton rounded out the top 10 for Honda. Television coverage of Sunday’s 200-lap race, the second 500-mile oval race of 2017, starts at 2 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.


Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner, pole qualifier today in Pocono: "I’ve always enjoy this track in the past years, but I've never had a win. But I always enjoy it. That's why the pole here is something very special, especially after Indy 500, coming to another 500 race, the entire crew from the #26 car did an outstanding job. Have to say big thank you to Michael and all Andretti Autosport. I am very happy."


ABC Supply Co., Inc. Pocono 500
Circuit: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA
2016 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske Honda) 180.198 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, breezy, 78 degrees F


Top-10 Qualifying Results:





























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Speed mph



Notes



  1.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



219.639



 



  2.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



219.395



 



  3.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



219.369



 



  4.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



219.012



 



  5.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



218.688



 



  6.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



218.622



 



  7.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



218.099



 



  8.



Gabby Chaves



Harding Racing



Chevrolet



218.020



 



  9.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



217.819



 



10.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



217.748



 



Other Honda Results





















































11.

Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



217.565



 



12.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



217.556



 



13.



Esteban Gutierriez-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



217.292



 



15.



Sebastian Saavedra



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



216.943



 



16.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



216.801



 



21.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



No speed



Crashed in qualifying



 


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