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Dixon To Start P1 In Toronto

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 16 2016
Scott Dixon will start the race in Toronto from the pole position.

Scott Dixon will start the race in Toronto from the pole position.

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Scott Dixon will start Sunday’s IndyCar Series race on the Toronto street circuit after winning the pole on Saturday in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Dixon led qualifying with a lap around the 1.786-mile circuit at 107.326 mph.

His fast lap was his last lap in the Fast Six finale round of the session and it gave him his first pole of the season.

“Well, I think it started with the first few laps. I was all down and out. I’m like, ‘Oh that doesn’t look so good.’ I couldn’t get my splits to go negative and the last lap and then we just crossed the line to get another lap,” Dixon said. “They are like, ‘Keep going, keep going’. Just gave it our all and the car just kept actually getting quicker. I think the Firestone tires finally came in. I was probably not as hard on them as I needed to be right out of the gate.

“It’s great to be back on the pole. We haven’t had a pole this year, but huge credit to the team they did a hell of a job this weekend. We struggled a little bit with speed. You’ve got to leave it to qualifying, that’s when it makes the most. But tomorrow is race day and hopefully we will put on a great show for all the fans here.”

Second fastest was Helio Castroneves in a Team Penske Chevrolet. His top speed was 107.263 mph.

Castroneves appeared to have the pole clinched but Dixon barely got to the start line in time to reel off one more lap before the session ended.

“What am I going to say? What am I going to say? I can’t believe it,” Castroneves said. “What is it, two hundredths of a second? Congrats to them but the Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet car is really fast. We made a lot of change, I’m talking about a lot of change. All the changes we made seem to be working. Gosh! Come on, (Scott) Dixon! Really? Really? The first session was not good. All credit to (engineer) Jonathan (Diuguid). He hit the right spot on the car on the setup. The second I put the reds (alternate tires) on the second session, my car was like ‘Whoa. Back in the game here.’

“When we went out again on the third one, about to repeat the same lap time we did on the first run. But again, we did not want to wait until the end, since the track always got a little bit better, we did not want to wait till the end because of a yellow or red flag coming out and then would have screwed up with our laps because we knew we were only dealing with two laps. Ganassi is not a rookie team. They’re champions. They know what they’re doing.”

Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske, the series points leader, was third fastest while teammate Will Power was fourth.

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Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.786-mile(s) Exhibition Place circuit, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, time and speed in parentheses:
1. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 59.9073 (107.326)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 59.9425 (107.263)
3. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:00.2293 (106.752)
4. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:00.4085 (106.435)
5. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 01:00.4221 (106.411)
6. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:01.5637 (104.438)
7. (18) Conor Daly, Honda, 01:00.5693 (106.153)
8. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:00.5885 (106.119)
9. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:00.6532 (106.006)
10. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:00.6635 (105.988)
11. (19) Luca Filippi, Honda, 01:00.7784 (105.788)
12. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 01:00.8561 (105.653)
13. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 01:00.6930 (105.936)
14. (8) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 01:00.6372 (106.034)
15. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 01:00.7712 (105.800)
16. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:00.7088 (105.909)
17. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 01:00.9060 (105.566)
18. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:00.8721 (105.625)
19. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:01.2087 (105.044)
20. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:01.4012 (104.715)
21. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:01.3360 (104.826)
22. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:01.4384 (104.651)

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 16 2016
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