Dixon motors to Detroit pole

Ganassi driver claims first pole position of the season

Last Updated: 02/06/12 7:16pm

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Scott Dixon: Will start the Belle Isle Grand Prix on pole position

Scott Dixon: Will start the Belle Isle Grand Prix on pole position

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Scott Dixon secured his first pole position of the season after posting the fastest time in qualifying for the Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver's time of 1 minute 10.3162 seconds around the tight two-mile circuit was enough to take top spot ahead of Penske's Will Power.

Championship leader Power, who traded provisional pole several times with Dixon in the closing stages of qualifying, finished just 0.0044s behind the New Zealander.

Alex Tagliani will start Sunday's race in third ahead of Simon Pagenaud, with EJ Viso completing the top five.

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will have to fight through the pack from 15th, however, as he was surprisingly eliminated in the first part of qualifying.

"This has really been a team effort; we struggled coming off the truck (for practice June 1) and we worked hard to get up to P1." Dixon told the IndyCar Series' official website.

"I am really happy about starting up front because this is such a tough track and physically demanding on the drivers. The track is bumpy and the best place to pass is on the straights, so staring up front is very important."

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