IndyCar moves Castroneves to Houston Race 2 pole after rules clarification

IndyCar moves Castroneves to Houston Race 2 pole after rules clarification

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IndyCar moves Castroneves to Houston Race 2 pole after rules clarification

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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 8.1.10.1b 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

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