IndyCar Series 2012
Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti gave Honda its third consecutive pole of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Friday at The Milwaukee Mile, with a run of 168.737 mph around the flat mile oval, the oldest operating race track in North America. Franchitti will lead the 25-car starting field to the green flag for the second consecutive year at Saturday’s Milwaukee IndyFest.
Franchitti won last year’s Milwaukee race from the pole, leading a race-high 161 of 225 race laps. He also won here in 2004, and has finished sixth or better in his last six starts at “The Mile”. Previous Honda-powered poles this year include Scott Dixon at Detroit; and Alex Tagliani at Texas Motor Speedway.
Justin Wilson posted the second-fastest qualifying run in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda-Dallara. It is his best qualifying effort of 2012, and follows his victory last week in Texas. Josef Newgarden led the rookie field today at Milwaukee, qualifying seventh for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
Television coverage for Saturday’s first short oval race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series will air on ABC, starting at 1 p.m. EDT.
|1||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|2||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|3||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|5||Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)|
|6||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|7||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|8||E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)|
|9||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|10||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|11||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|12||Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)|
|14||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|17||Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|18||Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|20||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|25||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)|