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Pocono: Starting grid

7 July 2013

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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