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Castroneves takes the pole in IndyCar’s return to Phoenix

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AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar celebrates after winning the pole award for the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on April 1, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Helio Castroneves blew past the IndyCar field in Phoenix, Friday evening, qualifying P1 for Saturday’s Phoenix GP and breaking the course record previously held by Arie Luyendyk for 20 years.

“We’re really excited that everything came together,”  said Castroneves after qualifying. “It was awesome. Great job by the entire Team Penske, and now we just gotta keep moving on.”

Castroneves turned a two-lap average of 192.324 MPH, earning a 46th career IndyCar pole. His Brazilian countryman Tony Kanaan qualified second, so the duo will lead the 22-car field to the green flag Saturday night.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball, and Ed Carpenter rounded out the top five in qualifying.