Kimball sets Texas track record to get first career pole

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Charlie Kimball drove to the first pole position in his IndyCar Series career, winning the Verizon P1 Award in record fashion for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kimball, set to make his 109th career start, set one- and two-lap INDYCAR qualifying records to earn the first starting position for the 248-lap race on Saturday.

Driving the No. 83 Tresiba Honda, Kimball’s two-lap time of 46.5861 seconds (222.556 mph) broke the standard by more than a second held by Will Power since 2013 (47.7960) on the 1.5-mile oval that was repaved and reconfigured in the offseason. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 was decreased 4 degrees to 20 degrees and the track surface widened 20 feet to 80 feet in that area.

Kimball led all four Chip Ganassi Racing drivers qualifying in the top six. Current points leader Scott Dixon was second in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda, Tony Kanaan fourth in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda and Max Chilton sixth in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda.