Pagenaud Takes Pole for 2nd Dual in Detroit Race

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Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud has taken the pole for the 2nd of 2 races this weekend at the Dual in Detroit after posting a fastest lap time of 74.0379 seconds around the 14-turn 2.36-mile street course around Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Simon Pagenaud, the current Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, will roll off on pole for the 4th time this season (5th if you include St. Petersburg, when he qualified 2nd but started from pole when teammate Will Power, who was scheduled to start on pole, could not race due to concussion-like symptoms). It will be the 4th time in the past 5 races that he will start on pole, and it will be the 2nd time this weekend.

Pagenaud is driving one of 3 Chevrolet-powered cars that will start in the top 5. The fastest driver of a Honda-powered car was Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will roll off in 2nd right alongside of Pagenaud in row 1. Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, and Mikhail Aleshin will round out the top 5 starting positions. Race #1 winner Sebastien Bourdais will start in the 12th spot, and Race #1 runner-up Conor Daly will roll off in 21st. You can see the full starting grid at

Race #2 is today at 3:30 PM ET and will be broadcast on ABC.

-Asher Fair