Franchitti on pole once again
Indy 500 champion secures third straight pole position
Last Updated: 08/07/12 8:01am
Dario Franchitti: Will start from the front in Toronto
Dario Franchitti will start from the front in Sunday's IndyCar race in Toronto after securing his third straight pole position.
Franchitti, who has won in Toronto three times, won the pole with a qualifying time of 59.351 seconds ahead of Will Power in second.
The challenge for Franchitti is to take advantage of the position. This season's Indy 500 champion won the pole at Milwaukee three weeks ago, but finished 19th after a crash. He then won the pole at Iowa a week later, but his engine failed before the race began.
"All we need to do is show up with a fast car and play with the hand we're dealt," said Franchitti. "You have to roll with the punches and get on with it."
Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon qualified third through fifth. Canadian Alex Tagliani was sixth, but will drop 10 spots as a result of a penalty he incurred for changing engines on Friday.
The starting line-up will not be official until Sunday, when IndyCar releases an official grid. A shuffle could happen if more drivers make engine changes, which would result in a 10-spot penalty.
Hometown favourite James Hinchcliffe qualified ninth, but is among those who will drop back after changing engines on Friday.
Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified seventh despite having his back left tire brush a wall. Hunter-Reay is second in the point standings, just three behind Power, and is coming off consecutive victories on ovals at Milwaukee and Iowa.
Led by Franchitti, Honda engines continued a late-season surge in the manufacturers' race. Four of the top six cars had Honda engines, with Chevy on the other two.
That marks five straight races in which a Honda engine has won the pole.