LONG BEACH, Calif. – 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.