Alonso: Overboost cost me chance at pole position

Dixon will start Sunday's race at the pole by averaging 232.164 miles per hour during qualifying.

It is Dixon's third Indy 500 pole position - he won from the front spot in 2008 - and the 26th of his 17-year IndyCar career, moving the 36-year-old New Zealander past Paul Tracy and alone into 11th place on the all-time poles list.

"It feels damn good", Dixon, 36, said after he posted an average speed of 373.632km/h during his four laps. Dixon's first lap of 232.595 also was the fastest since Luyendyk's record lap of 237.498 in 1996.

"The last time it didn't work out so well", said Dixon, referring to winning the pole in 2015. It's a great starting position. "We can definitely push hard during the race". He qualified third at 231.487 miles per hour to secure a career-best start in a Verizon IndyCar Series race - his previous best was fifth earlier this season at Long Beach - and the first front-row start of his Indy vehicle career.

Four-time IndyCar champion and fourth-winningest driver in IndyCar history, Dixon completed four laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 232.164 miles per hour.

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"Of course you always want to start more near the front and you want to say you are on the pole or on the front row", Castroneves said. "When I saw it, I was a little surprised myself". "We seriously didn't expect to see that speed". Two-time Indy 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya qualified on the outside of Row 6 and three-time victor Helio Castroneves on the inside of Row 7, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud occupying the inside and middle of Row 8.

"Obviously it's important to have a good, safe run, so in view of that we decided that the smart thing to do was to go ahead and change it". Unfortunately on lap two, we had an overboost problem out of turn four, so it was like hitting the brakes.

"Obviously, Honda can wind their engines up a lot more when it comes to qualifying, but I think we've got a good race auto".

Team Penske was primed for a run at the pole heading into the weekend, but suffered some uncharacteristic struggles. Will Power was Team Penske's top qualifier on the 21/2-mile oval. Josef Newgarden qualified 22nd at 228.501 and defending series champ and current points leader Simon Pagenaud will start 23rd after going 228.093. "I felt confident going into qualifying". At least I did something different or historic. "We will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500". 'I've met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected'.

That left Carpenter as the last chance to knock Dixon off the pole - and he already seemed to know that probably wasn't going to happen.

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