Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato’s strong run in the Verizon IndyCar Series season continued at Belle Isle on Sunday morning as he will start race 2 in Detroit from pole position. This is unbelievable, Sato said, it’s great I gave every 100%. It feels great, the car is great, I love this place. It gives us a lot of opportunity and we will see how it goes.
Sato’s team mate Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda made it an Andretti Autosport front row lock out as he starts the race from second place just ahead of race one winner Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske starts the race from fourth place alongside Rahal.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from fifth place which is where he started Saturday’s race 1 from. The Canadian will be hoping for another strong performance today following his podium finish on Saturday.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports starts the race from sixth place just ahead of Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske. Series points leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 Camping World Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing starts the race from eighth place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti while AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet rounds out the top ten.
Defending series champion Simon Pagenaud starts the race from 11th place for Team Penske just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet starts the race from 13th place just ahead of Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda for Andretti Autosport. Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing starts the race from 15th place just ahead of his team mate Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones starts the race from 17th place in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda. Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand starts the race from 18th place just ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda. Oriol Servia in the No.16 Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing starts the race from 20th place just ahead of Spencer Pigot while Carlos Munoz rounds out the grid in 22nd following his crash in qualifying.