Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe and Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson qualified 1-2 aturday at the Mid-
Ohio Sports Car Course for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, the second time in as many events this season for
the pair to have done so on a traditional road course.
In July, Briscoe took the pole at Watkins Glen International Raceway, with Wilson qualifying second. In
the race Wilson claimed the victory -- the first for Dale Coyne Racing -- after holding off Briscoe during the
final half-dozen laps. Today’s qualifying action at the 2.5-mile Mid-Ohio circuit sets up a possible rematch
in Sunday’s 85-lap event.
Quickest in practice on Friday, Scott Dixon will line up third, with local favorite Graham Rahal on the
outside front row in fourth. Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti rounded out today’s Firestone “Fast
Sunday’s race starts at 1:45 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on Versus starting at 1 p.m.
Ryan Briscoe (#6 Team Penske Honda) pole qualifier, his third pole of 2009, seventh career
“Qualifying today really came down to tire management. We were able to save a set of
[alternate, softer] ‘Red’ tires in the first [qualifying] round, and that was to our benefit in the final round.
Our car has been getting better as we’ve adapted to the track conditions this weekend. But it will be
hotter tomorrow and, once again, it will be a tough battle at the front.”