Scott Dixon wins pole for the Grand Prix of Baltimore

Brian Cleary

Scott Dixon is looking to regain momentum one week after a pit penalty stalled his championship hopes. By winning the pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, Dixon has both momentum and track position over his title rival, Helio Castroneves.

Scott Dixon earned the pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, clocking in with a fast time of 1:18.0838 on his final lap of Fast Six qualifying on Saturday afternoon on the streets of Baltimore.

With the pole, he also picked up an important bonus point for his second pole of the season and will enter the race 38 points behind Helio Castroneves. The championship leader qualified seventh, giving Dixon a chance to get back in the championship battle after a controversial penalty at Sonoma cost him a chance to win and eat into Castroneves' lead.

There are just four races remaining in the season.

"It's good to bounce back after what happened last week," Dixon said. "I feel so happy for Team Target, they did a hell of a good job. We had a sensor failure in Q2, which almost knocked us out.

"Big thanks to Honda for figuring it out and fixing that in Q3. The car's been quick all week. I actually made a few mistakes on that lap and we were still able to pull it out. It's a good place to start here at Baltimore. It's going to be a tight race."

Will Power qualified second and was .0333 of a second behind Dixon in the Fast Six and will make his sixth front-row start of the season one week after scoring his first win of the season at Sonoma. Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden completed the top-five in qualifying.

NBC Sports Network will broadcast the 75-lap race at 2 p.m. ET. The complete qualifying results can be found below.

  1. Scott Dixon
  2. Will Power
  3. Simon Pagenaud
  4. Justin Wilson
  5. Josef Newgarden
  6. Tristan Vautier
  7. Helio Castroneves
  8. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  9. Charlie Kimball
  10. Takuma Sato
  11. James Hinchcliffe
  12. Graham Rahal
  13. James Jakes
  14. Luca Filippi
  15. Dario Franchitti
  16. Tony Kanaan
  17. Oriol Servia
  18. Marco Andretti
  19. Simona De Silvestro
  20. Ed Carpenter
  21. Sebastian Saavedra
  22. E.J. Viso
  23. Stefan Wilson
  24. Sebastien Bourdais

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