Dario Franchitti grabs Milwaukee pole

Dario Franchitti grabbed his second-straight pole at Milwaukee

Dario Franchitti has stormed to pole position for the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ.

Franchitti who was 18th on the IZOD IndyCar Series time sheet in the preceding practice, took his second consecutive pole at the Milwaukee Mile after recording a two-lap average speed of 168.737 mph (43.3100 seconds) in the Cottonelle car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. He tied Al Unser for seventh on the all-time list with 27 poles.

Franchitti could make a significant dent in the championship standings this weekend as seven drivers, including Will Power and Scott Dixon, will incur 10-grid spot penalties for unapproved engine changes. Franchitti will enter the 225-lap race 63 points behind Power.

“I am very pleased as much as I am surprised,” said Franchitti.

“That’s quite a turnaround from practice. Practice is one thing, qualifying is another and then there is the race. For as warm as it is people are fighting the car and everyone wants the same line. I expect (the race) is going to be tough, especially at the end of a full stint on those Firestone tires.

“It’s going to be a long, exciting day and hopefully the Cottonelle car will be up front at the end of the afternoon. This is always an interesting track and we’ll see if we can get it done.”

Among the others receiving the grid penalty is Justin Wilson, who followed his first oval victory at Texas Motor Speedway with a front-row qualifying effort in the Sonny’s BBQ car for Dale Coyne Racing. His spot will be taken by Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport (167.911 mph). It’s his best oval start since winning the pole at Milwaukee for the CART race.

Power qualified fourth in the Verizon Team Penske car, but will relinquish that position to Rubens Barrichello, who is making his debut at Milwaukee in the BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology car. He’ll be joined on Row 2 by Helio Castroneves (166.763) in the Penske Truck Rental car.

RESULTS: Qualifying*  Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ

Pos Driver Engine Time Speed
1 Dario Franchitti Honda 00:43.3100 168.737
2 Justin Wilson Honda 00:43.4257 168.287
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevrolet 00:43.5231 167.911
4 Will Power Chevrolet 00:43.6661 167.361
5 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet 00:43.7869 166.899
6 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 00:43.8228 166.763
7 Josef Newgarden Honda 00:43.8396 166.699
8 EJ Viso Chevrolet 00:44.0066 166.066
9 Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet 00:44.0158 166.031
10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 00:44.0466 165.915
11 Scott Dixon Honda 00:44.0968 165.726
12 Simon Pagenaud Honda 00:44.1920 165.369
13 James Hinchcliffe Chevrolet 00:44.2072 165.312
14 Takuma Sato Honda 00:44.2146 165.285
15 Marco Andretti Chevrolet 00:44.3196 164.893
16 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 00:44.4740 164.321
17 Graham Rahal Honda 00:44.5073 164.198
18 Alex Tagliani Honda 00:44.5975 163.866
19 Katherine Legge Chevrolet 00:44.6930 163.516
20 James Jakes Honda 00:45.1055 162.020
21 Charlie Kimball Honda 00:45.3691 161.079
22 Oriol Servia Chevrolet 00:45.5681 160.375
23 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 00:45.5872 160.308
24 Simona de Silvestro Lotus 00:45.6422 160.115
25 Mike Conway Honda 00:45.7338 159.794

*Any grid penalties will be applied to the final list published prior to race start

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