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Helio Castroneves sets track record, will start on pole for Grand Prix of Long Beach

Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for the Grand Prix of Long Beach after setting a track record Saturday during qualifying.

Castroneves, the 2001 champion at Long Beach, had a time of 1 minute, 0.66294 seconds around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. His lap during the Fast Six stage of knockout qualifying eclipsed the record of 1:00.882 set by Sebastien Bourdais at a Champ Car race in 2006.

Juan Pablo Montoya finished just behind Castroneves, giving Team Penske the first two spots for Sunday's 80-mile race through the streets of downtown Long Beach.

Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing qualified third, with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, Penske's Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden of CFH Racing rounding out the top six.