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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 streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Crossing the start/finish line during testing (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Cars jostling for position through turn 2 during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Racewa (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team celebrate after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon poses with the trophies after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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