Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

September 16, 2017

Track:                      Sonoma Raceway
Race:                       GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Date:                        September 16, 2017

No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Position:                    3rd
Time:                          1:15.6356
Speed:                        113.518 mph                         

No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Position:                    1st
Time:                          1:15.5205
Speed:                        113.691 mph

No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Position:                    4th
Time:                          1:15.8032
Speed:                        113.267 mph

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Position:                    2nd
Time:                          1:15.5556
Speed:                        113.638 mph

Fast Time:                  1:15.5205 seconds (No. 2 – Josef Newgarden)

Recap:  Team Penske's four championship-eligible drivers swept the top-four spots in qualifying for Sunday afternoon's Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, led by Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 hum by Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team.  The ultra-important qualifying session was one of the most intense of the season, with all four drivers easily making it past the first and second rounds, qualifying them for the Firestone Fast Six. As the final five minute session went green, Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet) jumped to the top of the speed charts early, but was then displaced by Newgarden, who clocked a track record 1:15.5202 second lap. Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 1 DXC Technology Dallara/Chevrolet) each put up blistering laps well under the old track record, but fell just short of the top spot, qualifying second and third respectively. With the pole – his first of the season and first for Team Penske - Newgarden earned an extra bonus point and will go into tomorrow's event with a four-point lead on Scott Dixon, who will start sixth.

Coverage: Television coverage for the INDYCAR GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network on Sirius/XM, and on the Verizon IndyCar Series mobile app.