Graham Rahal took his first pole position in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2009 in qualifying for the opening race of this weekend's Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Raceway.

Rahal turned in a fastest lap time of 1:13.9681s to lead the opening group for qualifying in Detroit, ensuring himself a place on the front row and one bonus point for the championship.

Rahal's time remained unbeaten by the Group B runners until Castroneves posted a quicker lap in the dying moments of qualifying, appearing to give himself pole position.

Castroneves jumped out of his car to be met by high-fives by his Penske team members and was immediately handed a cap and flag to honour his success, only to then be taken aside by a member of INDYCAR race control.

Castroneves was then informed that his fastest time in the session would be deleted after he was deemed to have failed to slow for yellow flags, much to the Brazilian's chagrin as he started to angrily argue his case.

While Castroneves' second best time in qualifying was still good enough for P2 on the grid, the deletion meant that pole was handed to Rahal and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato continued his recent good form to qualify third for Andretti Autosport ahead of team-mate Alexander Rossi, while James Hinchcliffe will start fifth on the grid alongside Scott Dixon.

Defending IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud ended qualifying in seventh place ahead of Max Chilton and Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden, while Charlie Kimball rounded out the top 10 for Chip Ganassi Racing.

In his first IndyCar qualifying outing for Dale Coyne Racing, Esteban Gutierrez took P20 on the grid, with only Ed Jones and Oriol Servia set to start behind him on the grid in the opening race later today.


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