CLEVELAND, Ohio — Scott Dixon is known for making a late-season push toward a championship. Perhaps he’s making his 2016 move at the Honda Toronto Indy. He will be P-1 on the starting grid, already earning a precious point in the championship hunt where Simon Pagenaud is on top.
Dixon earned the pole at 107.326 mph, just ahead of Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Pagenaud. All three drivers use Chevrolet power. The fast Honda on the grid belongs to James Hinchcliffe, who will start sixth.
HONDA INDY TORONTO
Schedule: Sunday, race, 3 p.m., CNBC.
Track: Streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place (street course, 1.755 miles).
Race distance: (149.2 miles, 85 laps)
Last year: Josef Newgarden picked up his first IndyCar win in Toronto.
Last week: Newgarden had one of the best runs in series history in Iowa, leading an IndyCar-record 282 laps in a win.
Fast facts: Simon Pagenaud will look to re-establish his grip atop the standings in Toronto. Pagenaud has won three street/road course races so far this season. … Four of the last seven winners in Toronto have gone on to win the IndyCar title. … Will Power finished second last week in Iowa after back-to-back victories.
Next race: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, July 31, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)