Scott Dixon scores tight IndyCar pole in Detroit

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Sunday 3rd June, 2012 - 8:01am

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10,000 reasons for Scott Dixon to smile in Detroit

Kiwi Scott Dixon has pipped Australia’s Will Power by just 0.0044 of-a-second for the pole position at the IndyCar x.

It was career pole #18 and is back-to-back poles for Dixon in Detroit, although separated by four years after the event returned to the calendar this year.

The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver recorded a lap of 1 minute, 10.3162 seconds — a qualifying record for the 3.31km, 14-turn street circuit.

“That’s all it takes,” said Dixon.

“This has really been a team effort; we struggled coming off the truck for practice and we worked hard to get up to P1.

“I am really happy about starting up front because this is such a tough track and physically demanding on the drivers. The track is bumpy and the best place to pass is on the straights, so staring up front is very important.”

Power in the Verizon Team Penske car, will make his third front-row start in six IZOD IndyCar Series races.

“You’ve just got to be smart, see how things play out,” said Power.

“I just race the way I race, which is to win, so that means not trying to do anything stupid.”

Alex Tagliani in the Team Barracuda-BHA will share the second row with Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports’ Simon Pagenaud.

After winning last weekend’s Indianapolis 500, Dario Franchitti has come back to earth qualifying 15th.

“We didn’t really have the session we wanted,” said Franchitti.

“We have a good car and the guys made some great changes this morning so I hope we get to show it in the race.”

QUALIFYING: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 

Position Driver Team Engine Time
1 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda 1:10.3162
2 Will Power Penske Chevrolet 1:10.3206
3 Alex Tagliani Herta Honda 1:10.6684
4 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda 1:10.8426
5 EJ Viso KV Chevrolet 1:11.0852
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet 1:11.4557
7 Graham Rahal* Ganassi Honda 1:10.9434
8 Ryan Briscoe Penske Chevrolet 1:10.9964
9 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet 1:11.0076
10 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevrolet 1:11.1624
11 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda 1:11.3376
12 Takuma Sato Rahal Honda 1:11.8122
13 Josef Newgarden Fisher Honda 1:12.1068
14 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet 1:11.6519
15 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda 1:12.3276
16 Mike Conway Foyt Honda 1:11.6521
17 Oriol Servia Panther/DRR Chevrolet 1:12.5754
18 Tony Kanaan KV Chevrolet 1:11.8080
19 JR Hildebrand Panther Chevrolet 1:12.5835
20 Rubens Barrichello KV Chevrolet 1:12.4052
21 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda 1:12.5844
22 Simona de Silvestro* HVM Lotus 1:12.6014
23 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Chevrolet 1:14.8816
24 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet 1:12.6531
25 James Jakes Dale Coyne Honda 1:12.8469

* Will be demoted 10 places on grid due to penalty

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