Franchitti storms to pole position in Toronto

Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti

Chip Ganassi stalwart Dario Franchitti has claimed pole position for the opening race of another IndyCar twin-race weekend in the Honda Indy race in Toronto.

Franchitti managed to claim the top spot ahead of Dragon driver Sebastien Bourdais with Penske’s Will Power sealing third spot on the street course.

At a track where Franchitti scored his first IndyCar (CART) pole in 1997, Franchitti did enough to thwart the resurgent French ace’s charge.

“It feels good to get our third pole of the year,” Franchitti said.

Earlier Franchitti had made a mistake and damaged the right side of the Honda-Dallara before the crew repaired the damage ahead of the fast six.

The 85-lap opening race will feature a break from tradition with the field gridding up for a standing start.

Four-times Champ Car title winner Bourdais has a decent record at the 11-turn Toronto circuit, winning in 2004 and finishing no worse than seventh in nine starts at the venue.

“We finally got a break and the car is heading in the right direction,” Bourdais said.

“We made a lot of changes this morning in the 90-minute practice session.

Points leader Helio Castroneves will start from eighth with Ryan Hunter-Reay out of seventh.

Toronto will feature a twin race format similar to the dual in Detroit early last month.

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 1 Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 59.6756s
 2 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 59.7701s +0.0945s
 3 Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m00.0612s +0.3856s
 4 Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m00.1179s +0.4423s
 5 James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m00.1430s +0.4674s
 6 Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m00.3228s +0.6472s
 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m00.1954s Round 2
 8 Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m00.2866s Round 2
 9 Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m00.2954s Round 2
10 Ryan Briscoe Panther/Chevy 1m00.3843s Round 2
11 Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m00.6027s Round 2
12 Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m02.3831s Round 2
13 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m00.4303s Group 1
14 James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m00.5083s Group 2
15 EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m00.4556s Group 1
16 Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m00.6569s Group 2
17 Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda 1m00.4586s Group 1
18 Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m00.6868s Group 2
19 Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m00.5822s Group 1
20 Mike Conway Coyne/Honda 1m00.9526s Group 2
21 Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m00.9053s Group 1
22 Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m01.1553s Group 2
23 Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m01.2367s Group 1
24 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m01.2939s Group 2



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