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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)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine on pit lane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power slides into his Team Penske Chevrolet prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The Chevrolet of Will Power sports a tribute sticker for Justin Wilson at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson with a light moment prior to his qualification attempt for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson stands in Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sage Karam walks pit lane prior to his qualification attempt for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Justin Wilson flashes across the start/finish line during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson greets the fans during pre-race festivities for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 22, 2015 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a third place finish Sunday, August 22, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya will start the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway road course next weekend with a 34-point advantage in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his second place finish Sunday, August 22, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his third place finish Sunday, August 22, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya will start the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway road course next weekend with a 34-point advantage in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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