IndyCar Series 2012
In repeat performances of their 2011 efforts, Honda-powered Alex Tagliani and Dario Franchitti qualified 1-2 Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, in preparation for Saturday night’s Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Series race. Last year, the pair also qualified first and second, with Franchitti going on to win the first race of a unique twin-event format used here in 2011, and Tagliani finishing fourth.
This year’s race marks a return to the traditional single, 228-lap format. Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon gave Honda a lock on the first four starting positions. For Rahal, the third starting position is his best of 2012, while Dixon continued his run of strong qualifying performances this year. The two-time series champion has qualified sixth or better at six of seven events in 2012.
Mike Conway qualified eighth for A.J. Foyt Racing, his fourth top-10 qualifying effort of the season, and Indianapolis 500 star Takuma Sato will start 10th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Rookie points leader Simon Pagenaud just missed a top-10 start, qualifying 11th for Schmidt Hamilton Racing.
Television coverage for the first Saturday night race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series will air on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 8 p.m. EDT.
|1||Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian)|
|2||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|3||Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|4||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|6||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology w/ SH)|
|8||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racng)|
|9||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|11||Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|18||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|19||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|25||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|