Toronto IndyCar: Penske's Pagenaud takes pole as main rivals falter

Dominik Wilde
Pagenaud on pole in Toronto as rivals falter
Pagenaud on pole in Toronto as rivals falter

Simon Pagenaud claimed pole position for the Toronto IndyCar race as Scott Dixon spun on his final fast lap.

Pagenaud squeezed in a 58.429s lap around the 1.78-mile street course, reaching the line just before the session ended.

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Dixon, who had led for much of the final 'fast six' session, kept his time as his spin - which came at the start of what would have been his final flying lap - did not bring out a red flag.

The five-time champion's best time was just under two-tenths of a second slower than Pagenaud's, and was good enough for second on the grid.

His Chip Ganassi Racing team mate Felix Rosenqvist will line up third on the grid, one spot ahead of championship contender Alexander Rossi who failed to move further up the grid after running wide and brushing a wall on his final timed lap.

Points leader Josef Newgarden was another to hit a wall and will start Sunday's race from fifth on the grid, one spot ahead of Ed Jones - who made the top six in qualifying for the third time this season.

Despite showing strong pace in the first two qualifying sessions, Marco Andretti narrowly missed out on the fast six and will start seventh, ahead of two-time Toronto winner Sebastien Bourdais and Spencer Pigot.

Takuma Sato completed the top 10, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal the other two drivers whose day ended after the second round of qualifying.

A notable absentee from the latter stages of qualifying was Will Power, who missed out on the top 12 for the first time in four years as he failed to grapple with his Chevrolet-powered Dallara's set-up.

He will start one place ahead of fellow 2019 race winner Colton Herta, who lines up 16th.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson will also start towards the rear of the field after making contact with the wall and damaging his suspension during an early timed lap attempt.

Provisional starting grid

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

58.4293s

-

2

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

58.5948s

0.1655s

3

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

58.6793s

0.2500s

4

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

58.9215s

0.4922s

5

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.3103s

0.8810s

6

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.5353s

1.1060s

7

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

58.7663s

0.3370s

8

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

58.7781s

0.3488s

9

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

58.8221s

0.3928s

10

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

58.9110s

0.4817s

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

59.0444s

0.6151s

12

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

59.0985s

0.6692s

13

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.4811s

1.0518s

14

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

58.9293s

0.5000s

15

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.5508s

1.1215s

16

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

59.0549s

0.6256s

17

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

59.9761s

1.5468s

18

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

59.2890s

0.8597s

19

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.1853s

1.7560s

20

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

59.6299s

1.2006s

21

Sage Karam

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.1134s

2.6841s

22

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.7317s

1.3024s

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