Dixon, Wheldon take Kansas front row

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon front the field at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's (April 27th) Road Runner Turbo IndyCar 300. Dixon sped around the 1.5 mile oval at a four-lap average speed of 213.956 mph...

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon front the field at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's (April 27th) Road Runner Turbo IndyCar 300.

Dixon sped around the 1.5 mile oval at a four-lap average speed of 213.956 mph (1:42.3014 sec) to secure the pole for the 200 lap race.

"It's great for our team. Hopefully we'll finish this way!" Dixon said afterwards.

"Qualifying is a tribute to the team. The rubbing they do to make the car faster is the best," he continued.

Dixon was followed on the timing and scoring by teammate Dan Wheldon in the No. 10 Dallara/Honda with an average of 213.596 mph (1:16.8554 sec).

"First and second is a credit to Chip Ganassi Racing. We still have the race and need to work hard to win," Wheldon said. "We've got very competitive cars this weekend."

Danica Patrick picked up where she left off at Motegi by putting her car on the inside of the second row with a speed of 213.225 mph (1:42.6519 sec)

"We arrived here in good shape," she said. "The car is well-balanced. With luck we'll get in front of the red and white cars."

Luczo Dragon's Tomas Scheckter was fourth-quick, followed by Vision Racing's A J Foyt IV. He was followed by teammate Ed Carpenter on the inside of row three.

"I'm really happy," said Foyt. "Both Vision cars are going to be up front at the start of the race. We've definitely to the cars and the team to get a win this weekend"

Roth Racing's Marty Roth put in a fleet set of four laps to qualify sixth, just ahead of Team Penske's Helio Castroneves; while Castroneves' teammate Ryan Briscoe and Panther Racing's Vitor Meira round out the top ten.

Andretti Green's Tony Kanaan was disappointed in his eleventh-best run:

"We didn't do a good job today," he said. "We had issues with the car all day."

Among other notables, Newman Haas Lanigan's Graham Rahal qualified twentieth, and teammate Justin Wilson twenty-second on the grid.

"It was close, but we got the gearbox changed before qualifying," Wilson said of the mechanical difficulties that plagued him in the earlier practice.

"I'm a little frustrated. I think we can do better."

KV Racing's Oriol Servia also sounded a sour note at the end of the 90 minute session, saying, "The car felt good, but it just hasn't got the speed on the ovals."

"It's not satisfying to not be fast," he continued of his 23rd-best of 27 cars result. "We have a lot to catch up on."

Dale Coyne Racing's Mario Moraes did not take a qualifying run as repairs to his car from an incident that did substantial damage from the morning practice continue.

He is anticipated to start tomorrow, from the back of the grid if repairs can be completed in time for the 4 PM EDT start.

Temperatures rose to only 60 degrees Fahrenheit today under sunny skies at Kansas Speedway.

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