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Franchitti snatches pole from Power at Toronto

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Sunday 8th July, 2012 - 10:25am

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Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti has taken pole for tomorrow’s IndyCar event on the streets of Toronto.

Franchitti posted a lap of 59.3510s on the last of his five laps in the Firestone Fast Six to take pole from Will Power.

“The times have been so close all weekend – we’re happy to be at the top,” said Franchitti, who will seek his fifth victory at Toronto in the 85-lap race.

“That was a really hard-earned pole. Track position will be very important and it is great be up front in Toronto again. Tomorrow is going to be a really good race for all the fans that come out to see us.”

Justin Wilson, who set an IZOD IndyCar Series track record of 59.0663 seconds in Round 2 of qualifying, will start third.

Sebastien Bourdais gave Dragon Racing its highest start of the season in fourth, while Scott Dixon, the 2011 race runner-up to Franchitti, was fifth.

Alex Tagliani qualified sixth ahead of back-to-back race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud.

Australian Ryan Briscoe will start 14th.

Hinchcliffe qualified ninth in the GoDaddy.com car but will incur a 10-grid spot penalty for an unapproved Chevrolet engine change, stemming from an issue discovered in practice.

See below for qualifying results from Toronto

1. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 59.3510 (106.451)
2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 59.3757 (106.407)
3. (18) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 59.4506 (106.273)
4. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 59.4721 (106.235)
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 59.5140 (106.160)
6. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 59.5616 (106.075)
7. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 59.4829 (106.215)
8. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5476 (106.100)
9. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5958 (106.014)
10. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 59.6650 (105.891)
11. (15) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 59.8197 (105.617)
12. (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 59.8966 (105.482)
13. (14) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.0718 (105.174)
14. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9888 (105.320)
15. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.1557 (105.027)
16. (22) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.0004 (105.299)
17. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.4508 (104.515)
18. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.1207 (105.089)
19. (19) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.5440 (104.354)
20. (8) Rubens Barrichello, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.2043 (104.943)
21. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Lotus, 01:00.6709 (104.136)
22. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:00.2199 (104.915)
23. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 01:01.0333 (103.517)
24. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 01:00.6145 (104.232)
25. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 01:02.5280 (101.043)

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