Montoya claims Pocono pole, first in 14 years
5 July 2014 – Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya has won pole for tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 500, setting two track speed records in the process. This is Montoya's 15th pole position in his IndyCar/CART career but is his first since 2000.
Claiming his first pole since returning to open wheel racing, Montoya's two-lap average was the fastest ever recorded at the triangular speedway (223.871mph), with his first of two laps breaking the single-lap record at 223.920mph.
Following a disastrous weekend in Houston, championship leader Will Power will start next to Montoya and ahead of rookie Carlos Munoz, making it an all-Penske front row. The youngster Munoz will line up next to Takuma Sato, who had his own string of misfortune a week ago.
Hometown hero Marco Andretti will start P5 next to his teammate James Hinchcliffe, while Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ryan Briscoe round out the top ten.
The two-lap, single car qualifying session saw most of the eventual top ten break Pocono's lap records. On the other side of the day's luck, rookie Jack Hawksworth did not take part in qualifying following a hard impact with the wall during the second practice session.