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Pocono: Starting grid

The starting grid for the Pocono IndyCar 400 at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway tri-oval, with six cars taking 10-place drops before the green flag.
The results of Saturday afternoon's qualifying session at Pocono Raceway have been revised, following a series of penalties to six of the cars starting Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 400 event, although there are no changes to the front two rows of the three-wide grid.

The six are all Honda drivers, seeking to switch to new-specificaion engines that they hope will give them a vital edge heading into today's race after a woeful showing so far in testing, practice and qualifying sessions.

Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Takuma Sato and Tristan Vautier had already made scheduled engine upgrades following the mid-week open testing on Thursday, and after seeing how much better the new engines did on Saturday it was decided that Dario Franchitti, Justin Wilson, Pippa Mann would also make the switch even though it would mean a ten place drop.

Dixon also found that he would take a ten place hit as a result of miscommunication between officials and the teams about the 'approved' nature of his own engine change the day before. In addition, EJ Viso and Alex Tagliani were also forced into changing their Chevrolet engines as a result of crashing in qualifying on Saturday.

Official starting grid

Row 1

1. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C)
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C)
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C)

Row 2

4. #12 Will Power Penske (C)
5. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C)

Row 3

7. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H)
8. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H)
9. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C)

Row 4

10. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H)
11. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C)
12. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H)

Row 5

13. #16 James Jakes RLL (H)
14. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C)
15. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H)

Row 6

16. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H)
17. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) *
18. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C)

Row 7

19. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C)
20. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) *
21. #18 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne (H) *

Row 8

22. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) *
23. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) *
24. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) *

* denotes ten place penalty for unapproved engine change



Related Pictures

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Poewinner Marco Andretti poses on the front stretch at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 6 2013.(Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
EJ Viso heads to the garage at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Dario Franchitti at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Andretti Autosport team mates Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe pose on the start/finish line at Pocono Raceway after qualifying on the front row on Saturday, July 6 2013.(Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates having the fastest qualifying time Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates having the fastest qualifying time Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 1, 2015, winning the pole for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Dixon set a track record of 1:04.5814/125.869 mph. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem following qualifications for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Verizon P1 Award for capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team take a selfie picture following their pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem to his Chevrolet after capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Verizon P1 Award for capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi streaks toward Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon heads towards Turn 12 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls through the Carousel (Turn 12) during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media

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