IndyCar Series 2012
Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti continued his streak of impressive IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying runs Saturday at the Edmonton City Centre Airport. The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver posted the second-fastest time in the final, “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start Sunday’s Edmonton Indy from the pole due to a 10-position penalty for an unapproved engine change in the car of pole qualifier Ryan Hunter-Reay. It will be the fourth consecutive front-row start for Franchitti, a streak that began at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
The final two rounds of “knockout” qualifying were affected by changing weather conditions around the Edmonton airport circuit, as a brief shower just prior to the second round resulted in a wet track for all competitors. The track began to dry near the end of the 15-minute session, leading to constant position changes during the final minutes.
The “Fast Six” qualifying round began on a dry track, but rain again began to fall in the final minute, affecting the final runs from Franchitti; 2011 Edmonton pole qualifier Takuma Sato, who will start fourth; and fifth-qualifying Alex Tagliani. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|2||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|3||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|4||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|5||Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|6||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|7||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|8||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|9||Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)|
|10||Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)|
|11||Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|13||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|15||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|16||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|19||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|25||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)|