IRL: Ganassi trio disqualified, Patrick on pole

Was Ryan Briscoe's 1.163-mile advantage over Danica Patrick in qualifying for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean too good to be true? Apparently the Indy Racing League's scrutineers found a "post-qualifying technical ...

Was Ryan Briscoe's 1.163-mile advantage over Danica Patrick in qualifying for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean too good to be true?

Apparently the Indy Racing League's scrutineers found a "post-qualifying technical infraction" for all three Target Chip Ganassi Racing team cars and threw Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Jaques Lazier to the rear of the 23-car field.

No precise explanation was given concerning the infraction involved.

The disqualification gives Danica Patrick her third Marlboro Pole Award in the 15th race of the 2005 season, tying her with Tomas Scheckter for most poles in a rookie season.

Just call Patrick the lucky lady; her first two poles came when qualifying was rained out and the grid was based on the combined practice times.

Teammate Buddy Rice starts alongside Patrick and all other qualifiers move up one spot in the starting lineup.

By virtue of their placement in the current points tally, Lazier starts 21st, Dixon is 22nd and Briscoe holds the final grid position.

Editor's note:
Please see Anne Proffit's original pole story

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Danica Patrick , Jaques Lazier
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing