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Kanaan On Pole In Vegas

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, October 14 2011

Tony Kanaan was fastest qualifier in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

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Tony Kanaan won the pole for Sunday’s season-ending IZOD IndyCar Series race in Las Vegas on Friday.

The two drivers competing for the series championship – Will Power and Dario Franchitti – qualified 17th and 18th respectively at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“It feels awesome,” Kanaan said. “It has been awhile. I guess I’ve got to do more Ironmans on my weekends off. I’m extremely happy. I can’t thank the GEICO-KV guys enough. We had such an awful race at Kentucky that we needed to turn it around. They went back to the shop to massage that car as much as they could and it paid off.”

Oriol Servia qualified second fastest while Ed Carpenter, Alex Tagliani and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top five.

Danica Patrick, who will be racing in her final IndyCar event as a full time driver before heading off to NASCAR next season, was ninth.

Franchitti holds an 18-point lead over Power.

“My lap, my weekend, I don’t know what to tell you,” Franchitti said. “From the moment my car rolled off the truck it’s been slow. If there’s any silver lining it’s the fact that Will’s back there with me. Will and I were joking that you couldn’t have scripted it better. I think both the Target and Penske teams are very capable of getting us from the back to the front. It’s definitely not ideal starting this far back, but we will do our best to move to the front.”

Power said, “Speed means so much at this track and we’re still just trying to get more out of the Verizon car. That’s definitely not the result we wanted out of qualifying but we know that this is going to be a pack race and hopefully we can use that to our advantage and move forward in the race on Sunday. We need to win and we have some time between now and then to make sure we are getting the most out of the car.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, October 14 2011
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