Franchitti takes Sonoma pole

Dario Franchitti wins the pole at Sonoma

Dario Franchitti wins the pole at Sonoma

Dario Franchitti has edged Ganassi team-mate Scott Dixon and Will Power for the pole position at the IndyCar race at Sonoma in California.

The four-time series champion took his fourth pole of the season, third pole start at the Sonoma Raceway and Chip Ganassi Racing cars have won the past four races.

Dixon, a three-time winner this season, enters the 85-lap race 31 points behind series championship front-runner Helio Castroneves, who qualified fifth.

“We’re very focused on bringing a good result for the team,” said Franchitti.

“I’ll do anything I can to help Scott win the championship, but I also want to win the race,” Franchitti said.

James Davison will start the race from 21st, one place ahead of the returning Ryan Briscoe.

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INDYCAR: Sonoma – Qualifying

Position Driver Team Engine Time Gap
1 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda 1m17.5271s
2 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda 1m17.7196s +0.1925s
3 Will Power Penske Chevy 1m17.9735s +0.4464s
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevy 1m18.1314s +0.6043s
5 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevy 1m18.1766s +0.6495s
6 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda 1m18.2009s +0.6738s
7 Justin Wilson Coyne Honda 1m18.2138s Round 2
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Honda 1m18.3051s Round 2
9 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevy 1m18.3135s Round 2
10 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda 1m18.3787s Round 2
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevy 1m18.6230s Round 2
12 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevy 1m26.7515s Round 2
13 Takuma Sato Foyt Honda 1m18.9164s Group 1
14 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Honda 1m18.3141s Group 2
15 EJ Viso Andretti Chevy 1m18.9344s Group 1
16 Tony Kanaan KV Chevy 1m18.3318s Group 2
17 Josef Newgarden Fisher Honda 1m19.0094s Group 1
18 JR Hildebrand Herta Honda 1m18.7114s Group 2
19 James Jakes Rahal Honda 1m19.1563s Group 1
20 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Chevy 1m18.8967s Group 2
21 James Davison Coyne Honda 1m19.5285s Group 1
22 Ryan Briscoe Panther Chevy 1m18.9743s Group 2
23 Simona de Silvestro KV Chevy 1m19.5298s Group 1
24 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Chevy 1m19.2376s Group 2
25 Lucas Luhr Fisher Honda 1m19.9805s Group 2


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