Franchitti Grabs Pole In Toronto

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 11 2009
Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti


Dario Franchitti will be starting from a familiar spot for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Franchitti, who started on the pole on the streets of Toronto as a rookie in 1997, posted a quick lap on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn circuit to top the Firestone Fast Six session for the 85-lap race July 12.

“The car was good out of the box,” Franchitti said. “The lap that I did in the Fast Six, I came in afterwards and said basically, ‘That’s it. That was a hell of a lap. That was as good of a lap as I’ve driven around here. If they can go quicker, let them have it, because that’s all she’s got.’ I was very happy with the car and the job I did today.”

Will Power, making his first IndyCar Series start since the Indianapolis 500, also will be on the front row in the No. 12 Penske Truck Leasing car for Penske Racing.

“My crew just walked in this weekend; the first time they’ve been back since May and same with me,” Power said.  “They did a fantastic job. We’re really happy to be second. We would have been a lot happier with first, but second is great. The car has been good since we rolled it off the trailer and the same at Long Beach. I’m just doing my job.”

Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson, the winner six days earlier at Watkins Glen International, will share Row 2.

Alex Tagliani and Mike Conway will be on the third row. Six different teams were represented in the Firestone Fast Six. Among those missing out were Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe –  all in the top five in the point standings.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 11 2009
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