Marco Is Latest Andretti To Start Pocono From The Pole

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 6 2013

Marco Andretti will start Pocono from the pole. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)


Marco Andretti captured his fourth career pole on Saturday and will become the third Andretti to start an Indy car race from the pole at the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle”.

Andretti broke the track record of 211.715 mph set by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989, with a two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph in the No. 25 Chevrolet.

Second fastest in qualifying for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 was Andretti’s teammate at Andretti Autosport, defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“The past hour and a half has been long. It’s just an unbelievable team performance across the board. E.J. (Viso) would have been right there with us, so I feel for him as well. But definitely happy for the RC Cola guys and Andretti Autosport as a whole. We’ve been making statement after statement so it’s a good feeling.

“I think it’s going to play out a little bit like Indy, I think there’s going to be a lot of passing, contrary to what people are saying, and I think it’s going to be a lot of ‘right place in the right time,’ so hopefully we’re on the better end of that luck.”

Said Hunter-Reay, “It was a great one for Andretti Autosport. It’s 400 miles. We got quailing out of the way. It’s going to be a long race. We have to go against Penske, Ganassi and, of course, a big challenge from teammates. After that we got going, we get to racing.”

Qualifying Saturday for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, and average speed of two qualifying laps:

1. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 221.273

2. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 220.892

3. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 220.431

4. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 220.286

5. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 219.625

6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 219.581

7. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 219.500

8. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 219.124

9. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 218.859

10. (78) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 218.590

11. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 218.575

12. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 218.517

13. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 218.345

14. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 218.240

15. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 218.100

16. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 217.832

17. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 217.457

18. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 217.047

19. (18) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 216.980

20. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 216.872

21. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 215.570

22. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, no speed

23. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, no speed

24. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, no speed

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 6 2013
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