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Pagenaud Wins Pole for Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Pagenaud, who has won the last two races in the Verizon IndyCar Series and has built a solid lead in the championship, staked an early claim to win a third straight, capturing the Verizon P1 Award today for winning pole position for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Pagenaud was the fastest of the Firestone Fast Six in the final qualifying round, with a lap of 1 minute, 8.6868 seconds (127.832 mph) in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Pagenaud is the only driver to qualify for the Firestone Fast Six in all four road/street-course events this season.

It was Pagenaud’s fourth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole and second straight, having led the field to the green flag at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama two weeks ago.

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“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in racing,” Pagenaud said. “I’m driving the best I’ve driven ever. Little by little, you get confidence with success. Team Penske, they give me the best car. If I drive it well, you should expect to be up there. To be up there so often is certainly the best feeling in the world.

“It’s fantastic,” he added. “It’s not that simple, it’s a lot of work in the background. I just want to take my hat off to my engineer, Ben Bretzman, for giving me a monster car every time.”

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball will start alongside Pagenaud on the front row with a career-best qualifying effort in the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet. Kimball’s top lap weas 1:08.9816 (127.286 mph).

Will Power, Pagenaud’s teammate at Team Penske, set the track record in Segment 1 of qualifying with a lap of 1:08.6746. It broke Power’s own record set last year by more than eight-tenths of a second, but the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske failed to advance from Segment 2 to the Firestone Fast Six and will start Saturday’s 82-lap race in the 12th spot.

“It was just a mistake,” said Power, who won the 2015 race from the pole. “I touched the wall turning into Turn 12. I was on time, good enough to (advance). I just locked up, went in the grass, got out of the way and was all over the marbles.

Row 2 is filled by Graham Rahal in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda (1:09.1816, 126.918 mph) and James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda (a season-best start with a time of 1:09.2260, 126.837 mph).

Josef Newgarden, in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy (1:09.4316, 126.461 mph), and Jack Hawksworth, in the No. 41 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda (1:09.5141, 126.311 mph) make up the third row.

The third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the 2.439-mile IMS road course will start at approximately 3:50 p.m. ET Saturday. Live coverage is available on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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