Last gasp lap sees Dixon take pole position for Honda Indy Toronto

The Toronto Grand Prix remains a happy hunting ground for Kiwi IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, as he took pole position for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto race.


Dixon took pole position over Penske driver Helio Castroneves in what was the 30th anniversary of the Exhibition Place circuit’s hosting of the race. Dixon set a time of 59.9073 going just four hundredths faster than Castroneves.


Dixon progressed through to the fast-six after setting quick times early on in the piece. His run in the final shootout was left late, giving him just two laps to set a time in the session.


His first lap wasn’t quick enough to reset the benchmark, but on his final lap of the circuit the Kiwi powered his way around the streets of Toronto and took pole from Castroneves.


“Today went pretty smooth, we struggled with getting a little bit of speed out of the Target car,” said Dixon.


“Especially in practice this morning we didn’t get to run on new tyres so it was a bit of an unknown going into qualifying.


“We kept running the Firestone tyres consistently and kept getting faster, and it was nice to get Helio. I haven’t seen the replay of his face, so I’m looking forward to seeing that.”


Series leader Simon Pagenaud qualified third on the grid immediately behind Dixon, whilst fellow championship points contender Will Power wound up fourth.


Tomorrow’s 85 lap race starts at 6:30am NZST where Dixon will no doubt be hoping to mount his series challenge.

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