Scott Dixon qualifies second for IndyCar Long Beach event

Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon.
Sam Cobb

Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon.

New Zealand's Scott Dixon qualified second for Chip Ganassi Racing at the Long Beach IndyCar event.

Helio Castroneves claimed the pole for the third consecutive year.

The Team Penske driver held off five Hondas to secure the top starting spot for Monday (NZ time) on the temporary street course through Long Beach.

He had the only Chevrolet in the final round of qualifying, and needed a track record lap of 1 minute, 06.22 seconds to win the pole.

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Penske drivers have won seven of the last nine poles at Long Beach, and Sunday's NZT run was the 48th career pole for Castroneves. He's seeking his first IndyCar Series victory since 2014.

Castroneves and Dixon were followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.

Alexander Rossi was fifth for Andretti, and Graham Rahal from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing rounded out the top six. Honda drivers took spots two through six in qualifying.

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