TORONTO – Scott Dixon chewed up Helio Castroneves’ heart and spit it out in qualifying on Saturday afternoon for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto (2:30 pm ET/CNBC/IndyCar Radio), as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver topped Castroneves’ lap literally as time expired in the final round of qualifying.
Castroneves, was already out of his car and nervously watching Dixon have the 1.755-mile track to his self, as Dixon completed the 11-turn circuit in 59.9073-seconds in his No. 9 Target Chevrolet besting the lap of 59.9425-seconds set by the Brazilian.
It brought Castroneves to his knees as he will start inside the top five for the fifth consecutive race, joining Dixon on the front row.
For Dixon, it was his 24th career IndyCar pole, breaking a tie with Johnny Rutherford for 12th all-time, and his first pole since Mid-Ohio a year ago (12 races).
Points leader Simon Pagenaud will roll off third in his No. 22 PPG Chevrolet as he turned a lap of 1:00.2293-seconds.
Will Power gave Penske three cars in the top four as he will start fourth.
Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe will share Row 3 as they will start fifth and sixth respectively.
It was a good day as well for Dale Coyne Racing as both of their drivers made it out of the opening round of qualifying and will start seventh (Daly) and 11th (Filippi).
It was equally as bad of a day for the entire Andretti Autosport group as none of their four cars made it out of Round 1.
Honda Indy Toronto Starting Lineup:
Row 1: Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves
Row 2: Simon Pagenaud, Will Power
Row 3: Sebastien Bourdais, James Hinchcliffe
Row 4: Conor Daly R, Josef Newgarden
Row 5: Juan Pablo Montoya, Mikhail Aleshin
Row 6: Luca Filippi, Tony Kanaan
Row 7: Jack Hawksworth, Max Chilton R
Row 8: Carlos Munoz, Graham Rahal
Row 9: Charlie Kimball, Ryan Hunter-Reay
Row 10: Alexander Rossi R, Takuma Sato
Row 11: Spencer Pigot R, Marco Andretti