Simon Pagenaud continued his early-season dominance Friday by winning the pole for IndyCar's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The French driver who leads the standings took the top spot with a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.6868 seconds in the final round of qualifying. He has won two straight poles and two consecutive races for Team Penske.

American Charlie Kimball, who drives for Chip Ganassi, will start a career-best second after completing the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1:08.9816.

Graham Rahal, another American, had the best lap by a Honda driver, going 1:09.1816. He will start third.

Pagenaud can add to his 48-point lead Saturday and will become the first two-time of the race — if he reaches Victory Lane. He also won the inaugural grand prix in 2014.