IndyCar Series 2013
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti captured the IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday in qualifying for the first of two Indy Dual at Detroit races this weekend on the 2.35-mile temporary street circuit at Belle Isle Park, as Honda drivers took seven of the top-10 qualifying positions for Saturday’s “Dual 1” race.
Franchitti rebounded from a crash in morning practice, which damaged the right front suspension of his Dallara chassis, to claim his first pole at Detroit, and 31st career IndyCar pole, all with Honda power.
Returning to IndyCar competition for the first time since April’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, Mike Conway qualified third for Honda and Dale Coyne Racing, with James Jakes fourth, a career-best start for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver. Alex Tagliani rounded out the top six in his Barracuda Racing/BHA Honda, while positions 7-8-9 were taken by Honda drivers Tristan Vautier, Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud, respectively.
Saturday’s 70-lap race, the sixth round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, is the first of a double-header race weekend in Detroit. A second 70-lap contest, the seventh round in the championship, is set for Sunday. Both races start at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
|1||Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|2||E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Mike Conway (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|4||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|5||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|6||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)|
|7||Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|8||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|9||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|10||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|14||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|16||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|23||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|25||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|