Carlos Munoz claims first-career IndyCar pole
FORT WORTH, Texas – Carlos Munoz was devastated when he didn’t win the historic 100th Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago. The Colombian was able to gain a little solace today by taking the Verizon P1 Award and will start from the pole position in Saturday’s Firestone 600.
Driving the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda, Munoz earned the first pole of his four-year Verizon IndyCar Series career with a two-lap qualifying average of 217.137 mph on the 1.455-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway. The 24-year-old’s best qualifying effort in 45 previous starts was in his very first race, second at the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect that speed,” Munoz said. “I thought we would do something around 216 mph, but I was happy with the speed we were doing. It’s my first pole – I was looking at the (Verizon P1 Award) hat and it looks really nice. I’m really happy for all of my team after Indy.”
Starting second in the race will be Scott Dixon, the 2015 Firestone 600 winner and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion. Dixon’s two-lap average in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was 216.901 mph.
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