Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

April 28, 2017

Track:  Phoenix International Raceway
Race:   Desert Diamond West Valley Grand Prix of Phoenix
Date:    April 28, 2017
No. 1 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Position:                  5th
Time:                        38.0449 seconds
Speed:                     193.414 mph
No. 2 Hum by VerizonTeam Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Position:                  4th
Time:                        37.9933 seconds
Speed:                     193.676 mph
No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Position:                  1st    (49th career Verizon IndyCar Series pole win)
Time:                        37.7538 seconds
Speed:                     194.905 mph
No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Position:                  2nd
Time:                        37.9266 seconds
Speed:                     194.017 mph
Fast Time:               00:37.7538 (No. 3 Helio Castroneves)
Recap: Helio Castroneves and the No. 3 REV Group Chevrolet team defended their crown and scored their second straight Verizon P1 Pole Award at Phoenix International Raceway in Friday evening’s qualifying session for the Desert Diamond West Valley Grand Prix of Phoenix. His single-lap time of 18.8701 seconds eclipsed his own track record of 19.0997 seconds established last season. It marked his 49th series career pole which places him in a tie for third all-time with Bobby Unser. It’s also the second pole win of the season having also claimed the honor at Long Beach earlier in April. Team Penske has garnered the pole at each of the four INDYCAR events, to date, this season, and 15 of the last 20 dating back to last season. Will Power will start alongside Castroneves on the front row in Saturday evening’s race behind the wheel of his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. Josef Newgarden, fresh off a win last week at Barber Motorsports Park, will line up his No. 2 Hum by Verizon Chevy in the fourth position while Simon Pagenaud will roll off the grid in the fifth spot with the No. 1 Menards Chevy. The pole win is the 249th in INDYCAR for Team Penske and the 517th for the organization overall.
Coverage: The Desert Diamond West Valley Grand Prix of Phoenix will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET with radio coverage on INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212 and XM 209. Additional coverage can be found at