Newgarden earns pole for Toronto race
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).