Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes | Reigning IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has claimed pole position for the first race of the delayed 2020 season at Texas Motor Speedway

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes

Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes
Newgarden takes pole for IndyCar opener at Texas as Sato crashes
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Reigning IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has claimed pole position for the first race of the delayed 2020 season at Texas Motor Speedway.

After the COVID-19 pandemic postponements to the new IndyCar campaign, action belatedly begins in Texas this weekend with Team Penske's Newgarden edging five-time champion Scott Dixon with his two-lap average speed of 215.740mph.

Newgarden, winner of last year's race, was the final driver to have his qualifying run and he was able to displace practice pace-setter Dixon by just 0.102mph who had held provisional pole.

Newgarden's Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud completes the top three ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who bounced back from an off in practice earlier on Saturday.

Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport team-mate Zach Veach has qualified in an excellent fifth position ahead of Will Power, who made it three Penske cars in the top six.

Graham Rahal has qualified seventh ahead of Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist and AJ Foyt Racing's Tony Kannan, who is starting his final season in IndyCar.

Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward was third quickest in practice but qualified down in 18th position, with his team-mate Oliver Askew qualifying in 20th place for his IndyCar debut.

2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, who took pole position for last year's race at Texas, crashed out on the start of his first qualifying lap and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team faces a race against time to repair his damaged car before tonight's race.

IndyCar debutant Rinus Veekay was another driver to fall foul of the condensed one-day format as a practice crash left him unable to set a qualifying time.

Santino Ferrucci elected to skip qualifying in order to allow more time to develop his car set-up after a difficult practice session.

On his oval racing debut, Ferrucci's Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Alex Palou qualified in a respectable 16th place.

The 2020 IndyCar opening race takes place later today due to the shortened schedule.

IndyCar - Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Results

PosDriverTeamCarSpeed
1Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet215.740
2Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda215.638
3Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet215.464
4Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda214.311
5Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.981
6Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet213.930
7Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda213.878
8Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.689
9Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda213.560
10Tony KanaanAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet213.388
11Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda213.190
12Charlie KimballAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet212.780
13Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet212.714
14Colton HertaAndretti HardingDallara/Honda212.697
15James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda212.603
16Alex PalouDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda212.504
17Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda212.040
18Patricio O'WardMcLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet212.013
19Conor DalyCarlinDallara/Chevrolet211.425
20Oliver AskewMcLaren SPDallara/Chevrolet210.839
21Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingDallara/Honda205.647
22Santino FerrucciDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.000
23Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.000
24Rinus Van KalmthoutEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.000


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