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Ryan Briscoe to start from pole in Texas

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Saturday 5th June, 2010 - 10:25am

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Ryan Briscoe at Texas

Ryan Briscoe at Texas

Ryan Briscoe has qualified on pole for this weekend’s Firestone 550K IZOD IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Australian just edged out recently crowned Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and fellow Australian Will Power.

Briscoe earned his 10th PEAK Performance Pole Award with a four-lap average speed of 215.273 mph (1m:37.3275s) in the No. 6 Team Penske car.

“I think we can just call it a win and not go out (tomorrow),” joked Briscoe.

“I wish. It’s a great feeling to get the pole here. Thanks Dario (Franchitti) for falling off that little bit on the last lap.”

Franchitti, seeking to be the third consecutive Indianapolis 500 champion to win at Texas in the same year, was 0.0057s off Briscoe’s pace.

Power will start third for tomorrow night’s race ahead of Scott Dixon, which means that the top four starting drivers at Texas are all Armor All Gold Coast 600 drivers in October. Briscoe will race with the Toll Holden Racing Team, Franchitti with Jim Beam Racing, Power with Ford Performance Racing and Dixon with Jack Daniel’s Racing.

The other Gold Coast 600 driver in the IndyCar field, Alex Tagliani (Kelly Racing) will start down in 20th place.

See below for full starting order for this weekend’s race at Texas.

Pos Car Driver Car Name Speed

1

6

Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 215.273

2

10

Dario Franchitti Energizer 215.261

3

12

Will Power Verizon Team Penske 215.158

4

9

Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 215.152

5

3

Helio Castroneves Team Penske 214.411

6

19

Alex Lloyd ( R ) Boy Scouts of America 214.408

7

06

Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream/Panasonic 214.380

8

7

Danica Patrick Team GoDaddy.com 214.098

9

32

Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 213.800

10

26

Marco Andretti Team Venom Energy 213.785

11

5

Takuma Sato ( R ) Lotus-KV Racing Technology 213.692

12

22

Justin Wilson Team Z-Line Designs/DRR 213.602

13

11

Tony Kanaan Team 7-Eleven 213.346

14

8

E.J. Viso PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KVRT 213.336

15

4

Dan Wheldon National Guard Panther Racing 213.316

16

67

Sarah Fisher Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing 213.256

17

18

Milka Duno CITGO 213.222

18

24

Tomas Scheckter Roll Coater 212.904

19

14

Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing 212.805

20

77

Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 212.526

21

66

Jay Howard ( R ) Service Central/Sarah Fisher Racing 212.448

22

36

Bertrand Baguette ( R ) Conquest Racing RACB 212.349

23

2

Raphael Matos HP Luczo Dragon 212.327

24

37

Ryan Hunter-Reay Team IZOD 212.298

25

34

Mario Romancini ( R ) Conquest Racing 212.101

26

78

Simona de Silvestro ( R ) Team Stargate Worlds/HVM 211.289

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