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Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, April 30 2010

Ryan Briscoe on pole at Kansas.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Kansas City, Kan. – The return to oval-track racing appears to agree with Ryan Briscoe as the Team Penske driver won his first pole of the IndyCar Series season Friday.

Briscoe had a four-lap average speed of 212.145 mph to nab the pole for Saturday’s Road Runner Turbo 300 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway trioval.

“It went absolutely according to plan,” Briscoe said with a smile after his laps.

The pole was the ninth of Briscoe’s career but first at Kansas.

“We’ve struggled here in qualifying in the past,” Briscoe said.

Not Friday. He went out second to last to get the pole.

Through the first four races of the season, which were all on road or street courses, Briscoe had a best qualifying effort of fifth and a best finish of third.

Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi was second fastest in the qualifying session, which was rescheduled for late afternoon after rain postponed all track activity Friday.

Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing was third fastest but his run was disallowed after it was determined he had gone below the white line at the bottom of the track.

Also having his time disallowed, and for the same reason, was Marco Andretti.

Dario Franchitti, Dixon’s teammate, was fourth.

Point leader Will Power was seventh. Danica Patrick was ninth.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, April 30 2010
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