New­gar­den earns pole for Toronto race

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - Wire ser­vices

Josef New­gar­den over­came chang­ing con­di­tions in Honda Indy Toronto qual­i­fy­ing Satur­day to earn the pole for Sun­day’s race at Ex­hi­bi­tion Place.

New­gar­den, the reign­ing Indy­Car Se­ries cham­pion and de­fend­ing Toronto win­ner, was the last driver to take the track in the fi­nal round of knock­out qual­i­fy­ing on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile tem­po­rary street course. He turned his fi­nal lap in 59.4956 sec­onds (108.068 mph) for his fourth pole of the sea­son.

The three rounds of qual­i­fy­ing be­gan in wet con­di­tions, be­fore dry­ing, only to see light pre­cip­i­ta­tion re­turn for the fi­nal round.

“We went out a lit­tle later which, I thought if we could keep the min­i­mum amount of laps on the tires, the bet­ter,” New­gar­den was quoted at Indy­Car.com.

Scott qual­i­fied sec­ond fastest for Sun­day’s 85-lap race with a lap of 59.6920 sec­onds (107.713).

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