IRL: Castroneves notches Milwaukee Mile pole

Helio Castroneves won the pole position for Sunday's race at the Milwaukee Mile after averaging 171.071 mph around the tight oval located west of downtown Milwaukee. Castroneves stopped the clocks more than two-tenths of a second faster than Scott...

Helio Castroneves won the pole position for Sunday's race at the Milwaukee Mile after averaging 171.071 mph around the tight oval located west of downtown Milwaukee. Castroneves stopped the clocks more than two-tenths of a second faster than Scott Dixon, who will start second. Dixon's speed was 169.266 mph.

"This place is about consistency," said Castroneves after earning his fourth pole of the season. "We know we have a fast car. Now we need to be consistent."

After struggling through the first practice session, Dixon found enough speed in the afternoon to qualify on the front row for the first time this season. Eighth fastest in the morning, Dixon picked up nearly 4 mph in the second and final practice session. "We changed the car spring-wise quite a bit, and with the rear dampers the car the car just came alive."

Pleased with his improvement prior to qualifying, Dixon said, "I'm more happy with my race car."

Tony Kanaan set the pace for the Andretti Green Racing team. His lap at 169.158 mph was good enough for the inside of the third row. "We came here expecting to start on the pole and I'm not at all happy with our qualifying result," Kanaan said. "Third is not bad but when you expect to start first, you are disappointed with anything but."

Dario Franchitti, winner of the Indianapolis 500 last Sunday, was the only other Andretti Green driver qualifying in the top ten. He was tenth at 166.890 mph. The other two AGR drivers, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick will start 14th and 17th, respectively.

Dixon's Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon will start fourth and Castroneves' Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish qualified fifth. Hornish said he had a good setup on his race car but "when it came to qualifying, we weren't able to achieve the kind of speed we wanted."

Kosuke Matsuura will start sixth followed by Buddy Rice, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira in ninth.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Kosuke Matsuura , Ed Carpenter , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing