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Juan Pablo Montoya Sets Track Record in Winning the Pole for the Pocono INDYCAR 500

July 5th, 2014 at 7:46 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Saturday Juan Pablo Montoya set the single lap and two-lap average track records for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway in winning the Verizon P1 Award. Montoya's fastest lap was 223.920 mph and the two-lap average was 223.871 mph to break the records set by Marco Andretti last season.

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For Montoya it is his first IndyCar pole position of the 2014 season in his return to open wheel racing. It is the 15th open wheel pole of his career with all 14 previous poles coming back in 1999 and 2000 when he raced CART and before he moved to Formula 1 and then NASCAR.

Montoya's Team Penske teammate and current points leader Will Power will start from second place with an average of 223.725 mph. Joining those two drivers on the front row of Sunday's Pocono INDYCAR 500 will be rookie Carlos Munoz for Andretti Autosport. The 500 mile race around the 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway is the second of three races this season that will pay double points and also will utilize a three-wide rolling start.

On row two will be Takuma Sato in fourth, Marco Andretti fifth, and James Hinchcliffe sixth. Row three will be Helio Castroneves in seventh, Tony Kanaan eighth, and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay ninth. Hunter-Reay is the driver alive in his chance to win the Triple Crown series.

In row four it will be Ryan Briscoe in tenth, Simon Pagenaud 11th, and rookie Mikhail Aleshin 12th. Row five will be Ed Carpenter in 13th, Graham Rahal 14th, and Scott Dixon 15th. Row six goes to Justin Wilson in 16th, Charlie Kimball 17th, and Sebastien Bourdais 18th. Sebastian Saavedra will start from 19th with rookie Carlos Huertas in 20th. Josef Newgarden crashed in his qualifying attempt and will start 21st. Rookie Jack Hawksworth crashed hard in Turn 1 of Saturday's second practice but was checked and released from the infield care center. His team did not make a qualifying run and if they get their car prepared for Sunday he will start 22nd.

The Pocono INDYCAR 500 can be seen at noon ET Sunday on NBCSN.

Tags: Carlos Munoz, Helio Castroneves, IndyCar, IndyCar Series, Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti, Motorsports, Pocono Raceway, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team Penske, Triple Crown, Verizon IndyCar Series, Will Power

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