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Sport Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

02:11  07 june  2020
02:11  07 june  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Takuma Sato claimed his second pole position of the 2019 IndyCar Series season in qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway. Thursday practice pacesetter and reigning champion Scott Dixon's first lap put him on course to depose Sato , but he faded to end up 0.088mph adrift as he put his Ganassi car

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a close up of a suitcase: Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener as Sato crashes © LAT Images Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener as Sato crashes

Reigning IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has claimed pole position for the first race of the delayed 2020 season at Texas Motor Speedway.

After the COVID-19 pandemic postponements to the new IndyCar campaign, action belatedly begins in Texas this weekend with Team Penske's Newgarden edging five-time champion Scott Dixon with his two-lap average speed of 215.740mph.

Newgarden, winner of last year's race, was the final driver to have his qualifying run and he was able to displace practice pace-setter Dixon by just 0.102mph who had held provisional pole.

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Andretti Autosport's Takuma Sato snatched his second IndyCar Series pole of 2017 with a wild run No other driver broke through the 220mph barrier during a session that featured nasty crashes for IndyCar confirms Texas season start without fans The 2020 IndyCar Series season will begin on 6

Sato – who was at the centre of a row over his role in an early crash at Pocono last year, and then went on to win the last oval round to take place at Gateway – says the drivers have to be respectful as they look to deal with the specific variables at Carlin down to single car for IndyCar Texas opener .

Newgarden's Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud completes the top three ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who bounced back from an off in practice earlier on Saturday.

Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport team-mate Zach Veach has qualified in an excellent fifth position ahead of Will Power, who made it three Penske cars in the top six.

Graham Rahal has qualified seventh ahead of Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist and AJ Foyt Racing's Tony Kannan, who is starting his final season in IndyCar.

Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward was third quickest in practice but qualified down in 18th position, with his team-mate Oliver Askew qualifying in 20th place for his IndyCar debut.

a person wearing a helmet: Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener as Sato crashes © LAT Images Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener as Sato crashes

2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, who took pole position for last year's race at Texas, crashed out on the start of his first qualifying lap and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team faces a race against time to repair his damaged car before tonight's race.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Takuma Sato of Japan won pole position at St. Petersburg for Sunday's season-opening IndyCar Series race. It was a stellar debut for Honda and its new twin turbo engine. "It's a fantastic day. I can't really ask any more for the start of the season," Sato said.

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IndyCar debutant Rinus Veekay was another driver to fall foul of the condensed one-day format as a practice crash left him unable to set a qualifying time.

Santino Ferrucci elected to skip qualifying in order to allow more time to develop his car set-up after a difficult practice session.

On his oval racing debut, Ferrucci's Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Alex Palou qualified in a respectable 16th place.

The 2020 IndyCar opening race takes place later today due to the shortened schedule.

IndyCar - Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Results

PosDriverTeamCarSpeed
1Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet215.740
2Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda215.638
3Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet215.464
4Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda214.311
5Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.981
6Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet213.930
7Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda213.878
8Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.689
9Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda213.560
10Tony KanaanAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet213.388
11Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.190
12Charlie KimballAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet212.780
13Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet212.714
14Colton HertaAndretti HardingDallara/Honda212.697
15James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda212.603
16Alex PalouDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda212.504
17Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda212.040
18Patricio O'WardMcLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet212.013
19Conor DalyCarlinDallara/Chevrolet211.425
20Oliver AskewMcLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet210.839
21Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingDallara/Honda205.647
22Santino FerrucciDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.000
23Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.000
24Rinus Van KalmthoutEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.000

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