Officials have announced Minnesota-based Jostens as ring supplier for winners of the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR Grand Prix and Brickyard 400. Castroneves was second at 1:08.1169, setting up the teammates for their third consecutive side-by-side start.
The interesting part of this season is that four races have seen four different winners: Sebastien Bourdais won in St. Petersburg, Fla.; James Hinchcliffe in Long Beach, Calif.; Josef Newgarden at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and Pagenaud in Phoenix. Simon Pagenaud got Castroneves later as well for fourth.
"There's no question it makes it harder to win the race because if Juan has a shot, you know he's going to be hard to beat", Power admitted.
"The track was so cold this morning and then it heated up so the vehicle was completely different and we only had two 45-minute practice sessions so you really had to be on your game", Montoya continued. Pagenaud won the inaugural race in 2014 and again last season.
If Power isn't a co-favorite to win this race, Dixon is. Each of the last three grand prix winners started on the pole, and each drove for Roger Penske. "It was good for everyone".
The only driver he trails is Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan, who extended his record to 270 on Saturday.
Juan Pablo Montoya was seventh in his first official IndyCar race weekend session of 2017, driving the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet as Team Penske's fifth vehicle.
Dixon is fourth in series history with 35 runner-up finishes, and Hunter-Reay wound up in the top three for the 100th time.
And Marco Andretti made contact with Kanaan on the first lap, knocking both out of contention.
And for the second straight time, Team Penske led every lap.
The only other penalty came when Mikhail Aleshin drove over pit equipment on Lap 63, yet another problem on a tough day for the Russian driver.
Blaney takes Kansas pole as 11 fail to pass inspection: Ryan Blaney earned his first career pole for the NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway, taking advantage of a traffic jam at inspection that kept 11 cars from getting on the track.
Race organizers found the flawless solution to re-create the energy surrounding the 100th race - adding two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso to the lineup for No. 101.
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