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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



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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)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates winning the pole Saturday, April 18, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest, winning the pole Saturday, April 18, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in his pit stand prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 wins the P1 Award Saturday, April 11, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. Montoya will start on the pole for the race, based on entrant points as lightning halted qualifying before its completion. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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