Helio Castroneves has been handed pole for Houston’s second IndyCar race after it was ruled that the procedure for determining the grid when qualifying is cancelled had been incorrectly applied.
According to rule 220.127.116.11b of the regulations, in situations where qualifying is unable to be completed, the grid will be determined by the entrant points standing entering the event. The confusion appears to have arisen from differing takes on what constituted the “event.”
Scott Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, which had previously been declared the polesitter, is the current entrant point leader following the New Zealander’s win in race one on Saturday. However, IndyCar officials subsequently determined that the “event” is defined as the entire weekend, not just Sunday’s second race of the double-header.
Castroneves’ Penske entry was leading the entrant points prior to the Houston weekend, meaning that the Brazilian will now line up in first place for the race, with Dixon to remain on the front row alongside him.
Revised starting lineup:
Pos Driver Team/Engine 1. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 3. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 4. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 6. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 7. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 8. Will Power Penske/Chevy 9. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy10. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda11. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy12. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy13. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy14. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda15. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy16. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda17. Mike Conway Coyne/Honda18. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda19. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy20. James Jakes Rahal/Honda21. Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy22. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda23. Luca Filippi Barracuda/Honda24. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy