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IndyCar: Josef Newgarden breaks record for pole at Sonoma



SONOMA, Calif. – (September 16, 2017) –Josef Newgarden led a Chevrolet parade of Verizon IndyCar championship contenders in qualifying at Sonoma Raceway to capture his first Verizon P1 Award of season in his No. 2 hum by Verizon Chevrolet in record fashion. Newgarden powered his Team Penske Chevrolet around the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course in a track record speed of 1 minute, 15.5201 seconds and will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.


“I was just hoping we could get one of these this year,” said Newgarden, in celebrating the second pole win of his IndyCar career. “We’ve been close a couple of times. At a couple of places I felt we had the speed to do it and we didn’t get it done. And, today we had our backs against the wall. You know, we were making the best decisions we could. We were first out. I think it would have been risky for us to save a set of reds like the second group. And we knew we knew we’d be on our back foot there in the Fast Six. But, this car was phenomenal. It’s cool because this is the Verizon P-1 award.”


Newgarden led his three Team Penske teammates, all of whom surpassed the previous track qualifying record of 1:16.2565, in the Firestone Fast Six. Will Power qualified second in his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet with a quick run of 1:15.5556.  Simon Pagenaud was third in his No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet with a time of 1:15.6356, and Helio Castroneves qualified his No 3 Hitachi Chevrolet in fourth position with a fast lap of 1.15.8032.


Rounding out the Fast Six were: Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon.


The Verizon IndyCar championship finale, the live TV broadcast of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma gets underway at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  The race also will be broadcast on INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates,, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 212, and XM209.


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