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Ganassi Drivers Sweep Poles In Toronto

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Dario Franchitti will start from the pole in Saturday's IndyCar race in Toronto. (INDYCAR/LAT USA file photo)

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Scott Dixon made it a pole sweep for Chip Ganassi Racing Saturday as he won the pole for the second race of the IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader in Toronto.

Dario Franchitti of Chip Ganassi Racing on Friday won the pole for the first race on Friday. He will start race two from the outside of the front row.

The pole in Race 1 is Franchitti’s fifth in Toronto.

Saturday’s 85-lap race on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street course pays full points to the contestants and will have the added twist of the first IZOD IndyCar Series standing start.

“It feels good to get our third pole of the year,” said Franchitti, who moved into a tie with Michael Andretti for sixth on the all-time Indy car list (32) by recording a lap of 59.6756 seconds in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car in the Firestone Fast Six. “I made it difficult this morning. I made a mistake in Turn 5, took the right side off the car. The guys had to work and repair the car.

“But the Target car was good on Firestone blacks, Firestone reds. I was able to keep finding a little bit every lap. Even the second runner-up on tires in Q3, I was able to push a little bit more. Felt really good about that.”

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, qualified second fastest.

With his second place qualifying effort, Bourdais will start on the front row of the first standing start in Toronto IndyCar racing history.

Bourdais’ effort today is the team’s best-ever qualifying performance and Bourdais’ best result since joining the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 contingent just prior to the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Qualifying Friday for the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. Race 1 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.755-mile(s) Streets of Toronto, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 59.6756 (105.872)

2. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 59.7701 (105.705)

3. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.0612 (105.193)

4. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.1179 (105.093)

5. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.1430 (105.050)

6. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.3228 (104.737)

7. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.1954 (104.958)

8. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.2866 (104.799)

9. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.2954 (104.784)

10. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.3843 (104.630)

11. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.6027 (104.253)

12. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:02.3831 (101.277)

13. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.4303 (104.550)

14. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.5083 (104.415)

15. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.4556 (104.506)

16. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.6569 (104.160)

17. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.4586 (104.501)

18. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.6868 (104.108)

19. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.5822 (104.288)

20. (18) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.9526 (103.654)

21. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.9053 (103.735)

22. (78) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 01:01.1553 (103.311)

23. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 01:01.2367 (103.173)

24. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 01:01.2939 (103.07

Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 IZOD INDYCAR Series event on the 1.755-mile Streets of Toronto, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (9) Scott Dixon, 58.9686 (107.142)

2. (10) Dario Franchitti, 59.1905 (106.740)

3. (3) Helio Castroneves, 59.1953 (106.731)

4. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, 59.3915 (106.379)

5. (12) Will Power, 59.2503 (106.632)

6. (11) Tony Kanaan, 59.5360 (106.121)

7. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, 59.5421 (106.110)

8. (4) Ryan Briscoe, 59.5473 (106.101)

9. (98) Alex Tagliani, 59.7601 (105.723)

10. (78) Simona De Silvestro, 59.6489 (105.920)

11. (5) EJ Viso, 59.7821 (105.684)

12. (27) James Hinchcliffe, 59.6750 (105.873)

13. (77) Simon Pagenaud, 59.8326 (105.595)

14. (19) Justin Wilson, 59.7113 (105.809)

15. (14) Takuma Sato, 01:00.0874 (105.147)

16. (83) Charlie Kimball, 59.7871 (105.675)

17. (55) Tristan Vautier, 01:00.3204 (104.741)

18. (25) Marco Andretti, 59.8207 (105.616)

19. (67) Josef Newgarden, 01:00.6174 (104.227)

20. (15) Graham Rahal, 59.9216 (105.438)

21. (16) James Jakes, 01:00.7204 (104.051)

22. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, 01:00.1913 (104.965)

23. (20) Ed Carpenter, 01:00.9519 (103.656)

24. (18) Mike Conway, 01:00.3919 (104.617)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, July 12 2013
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