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Takuma Sato Wins Pole for ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

Takuma Sato won the pole for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon, edging Simon Pagenaud by 0.19 seconds in qualifying.

It’s the second pole of the season for Sato; his first came at Race No. 2 of the Detroit Grand Prix weekend. Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan qualified third and fourth, respectively.

Defending Pocono winner Will Power qualified fifth with a speed of 218.688 mph, followed by Alexander Rossi (218.622 mph), Graham Rahal (218.099 mph), Gabby Chaves (218.020 mph), Scott Dixon (217.819 mph) and Max Chilton (217.748 mph) to round up the top 10.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed before setting a time in the session. Castroneves spun out of Turn 1 and hit the outside wall, but was cleared at the infield care center to continue racing. Hunter-Reay spun and slammed the fence on the exit of Turn 3 and came down the track to hit the pit road wall. He was transported by ground to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital for further evaluation.

Ed Carpenter wrecked in the first practice session and did not record a qualifying time.

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John Haverlin is Frontstretch's exclusive IndyCar editor and writer. He has covered American auto racing's various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and currently resides in Long Island, New York.

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