Scott Dixon takes first pole of 2011

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Sunday 7th August, 2011 - 8:58am

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Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon has taken his first pole position of the 2011 season at Mid-Ohio.

The two-time IndyCar Series champion set an early best of 1:08.08s in the final six session that would not be beaten.

Australians Ryan Briscoe and Will Power will line-up second and fourth respectively, with the two Penske Racing entries split by Dixon’s team-mate Dario Franchitti.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal ensured there was two Americans in the final session, while James Hinchcliffe, Alex Tagliani, Takuma Sato, and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top 10.

Frenchman Simon Pagenaud was 18th fastest in the 27 car field, substituting for an injured Justin Wilson in the Dreyer and Reindbold entry.

Wilson had run wide and crashed at Turn 13 in the final practice session, fracturing his spine.

With Wilson being flown to Indianapolis for further attention, Pagenaud said it was a rush to make it out for qualifying.

“I was watching practice in the infield and for the first time I didn’t bring my gear, maybe because I don’t have an insane mind thinking that someone could get hurt,” said the former Team Australia driver.

“Thank you very much to a lot of the drivers in the IndyCar paddock for helping me and lending me their stuff to use.”

See below for the full qualifying result

 1 Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m08.0776s
 2 Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m08.3359s
 3 Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m08.4016s
 4 Will Power Penske 1m08.4212s
 5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m08.5796s
 6 Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m08.7423s
 7 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m08.7701s
 8 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m08.8412s
 9 Takuma Sato KV 1m08.8653s
10 Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m08.8655s
11 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m08.9115s
12 EJ Viso KV 1m08.9427s
13 JR Hildebrand Panther 1m09.4161s
14 Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m09.3009s
15 Helio Castroneves Penske 1m09.4369s
16 Tony Kanaan KV 1m09.3013s
17 Mike Conway Andretti 1m09.4904s
18 Simon Pagenaud Dreyer & Reinbold 1m09.3851s
19 Vitor Meira Foyt 1m09.6061s
20 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m09.4935s
21 Marco Andretti Andretti 1m09.6059s
22 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m09.7105s
23 Danica Patrick Andretti 1m10.2166s
24 James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m09.8061s
25 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m10.4537s
26 Martin Plowman Sam Schmidt 1m10.2533s
27 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 1m12.3720s

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