Pole for Franchitti as Power struggles

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Sunday 19th June, 2011 - 10:14am

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Franchitti will start on the pole at Milwaukee

Franchitti will start on the pole at Milwaukee

Dario Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing turned the tables on Will Power in qualifying for the Milwaukee 225.

The reigning champion took his team’s first pole position of the season with a 170.84mph two-lap average on the one-mile race track.

Helio Castroneves was the best of the Penske Racing entries in second place, while his Australian team-mates Ryan Briscoe and Will Power could only manage eighth and 17th respectively.

Scott Dixon will line-up behind his team-mate on the second row, while KV duo Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato round out the top five.

For the second time in three events, HVM pilot Simona de Silvestro was hospitalised following a nasty crash. De Silvestro was reportedly awake and alert after the incident, reporting stiffness.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Speed
1 Dario Franchitti Ganassi 170.841
2 Helio Castroneves Penske 169.999
3 Scott Dixon Ganassi 169.582
4 Tony Kanaan KV 169.365
5 Takuma Sato KV 169.308
6 EJ Viso KV 169.082
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 169.014
8 Ryan Briscoe Penske 168.598
9 Marco Andretti Andretti 168.456
10 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 168.320
11 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 167.863
12 Graham Rahal Ganassi 167.674
13 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 167.621
14 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 167.162
15 Danica Patrick Andretti 166.779
16 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 166.558
17 Will Power Penske 166.248
18 JR Hildebrand Panther 166.070
19 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 166.031
20 Mike Conway Andretti 166.003
21 Charlie Kimball Ganassi 165.592
22 Vitor Meira Foyt 165.375
23 James Jakes Dale Coyne 164.814
24 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 164.440
25 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 163.304
26 Simona de Silvestro HVM

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