INDYJapanSeptember 17, 2011
IndyCar Series
Round 15: Motegi

Dixon Delivers Motegi Pole

Race Results >>

Scott Dixon edged Will Power by just two-hundredths of a second in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan, becoming the first driver in the 14-year history of the track to claim poles on both the circuit’s oval and road-course tracks. Dixon qualified on the pole and won on the 1.5-mile Motegi oval in 2009. It is only the second time all year that Power has been bested for the pole on a road course, both times by Dixon, who broke Power’s previous qualifying streak in August at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)


Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)


Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)

Graham Rahal rounded out the top three as the IndyCar series shifted to the 2.983-mile Twin Ring road course after the circuit’s oval track was damaged in the major earthquake that devastated parts of Japan earlier this year. This weekend’s 63-lap race starts at 1 p.m. local time Sunday in Japan, with live television coverage on VERSUS starting Saturday night at 11 p.m. EDT.

Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology) Hideki Mutoh (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)


Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)


Hideki Mutoh (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, 2nd pole of 2011, 17th career pole:
“That was a ‘pretty decent’ day. It was a very tight qualifying. Our car had great balance in Q1, but we struggled a bit in Q2 on our other set of [qualifying] tires. So we went back to our original tires for Q3 and that restored the balance. It would be fantastic to be the first driver to win on both the road course and oval, and the final race for us at Motegi.”


IndyCar Series
Round 15: Motegi
line
1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)
2 Will Power (Team Penske)
3 Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
4 Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)
5 James Hinchcliffe-R (Newman Haas Racing)
6 Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
7 Charlie Kimball-R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
8 James Jakes-R (Dale Coyne Racing)
9 Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)
10 Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
11 Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)
12 Joao paulo de Okiveira-R (Conquest Racing)
13 E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)
14 Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)
15 Alex Tagliani (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)
16 Oriol Servia (Newman Haas Racing)
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
18 Giorgio Pantano-R (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
19 JR Hildebrand-R (Panther Racing)
20 Mike Conway (Andretti Autosport)
21 Ana Beatriz-R (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
22 Hideki Mutoh (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)
23 Danica Patrick (Andretti Autosport)
24 Vitor Meira (A.J. Foyt Racing)
25 Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)
26 Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing)


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