Scott Dixon wins pole in Toronto
TORONTO – In a battle that went down to the final seconds, four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon waited until the last possible moment to win the Verizon P1 Award and pole position for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Exhibition Place.
Gaining an additional lap this afternoon in the Firestone Fast Six, the climactic round of knockout qualifying, Dixon clocked a lap of 59.9073 seconds (107.326 mph) on the 1.786-mile temporary street course celebrating its 30th anniversary hosting Indy car events this weekend.
The pole position is the 24th of Dixon’s Indy car career, moving him ahead of Johnny Rutherford into 12th place on the all-time list. It is also the 86th in the history of Chip Ganassi Racing.
Dixon had planned on running two laps at speed in the Firestone Fast Six, but crossed the timing line a precious few seconds ahead of the checkered flag to earn another trip around the circuit. With clear track ahead, the 35-year-old New Zealander pushed the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the top of the chart, preventing Helio Castroneves from winning a second Toronto pole. Castroneves’ best lap of 59.9425 seconds (107.263 mph) places him on the outside of Row 1 in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet.