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Dixon qualifies first at Baltimore

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Scott Dixon qualified first Saturday for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, winning his second Verizon P1 Award and 20th pole of his IndyCar series career.

Dixon earned the award by finishing the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit in 1 minute, 18.0838 seconds on his final lap. Dixon broke a tie with Danny Sullivan and is tied with Gordon Johncock for 14th on the all-time pole-winning list.

Dixon picked up one bonus point for his second pole of the season and enters Sunday's 75-lap race 38 points behind championship frontrunner Helio Castroneves, who qualified seventh in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car.

Dixon recorded the fastest lap of the weekend in Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifications (1:17.9275).

Will Power was .0333 of a second behind Dixon will make his sixth front-row start of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.

Simon Pagenaud, who is coming off two straight top-five finishes, will start a season-high third in the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car. Justin Wilson (fourth) and Josef Newgarden (fifth) also had season-best qualifying efforts. Tristan Vautier qualified sixth.

Jack Hawksworth recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 24.9617 seconds to claim his second Sunoco Pole Award and sixth front-row start of the season for the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Hawksworth, driving the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton with Curb-Agajanian car, has won two of the three street course races this season.

Series championship points leader Carlos Munoz qualified second for the 35-lap race with a lap of 1:24.9924 in the No. 26 Dialy-Ser Andretti Autosport car.

It is Munoz's eighth front-row start of the season and 12th straight in the top five.
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