IRL: Michigan: Toyota Motorsports qualifying report

Scheckter on Pole as Toyota sweeps top three in Michigan qualifying Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) won the fourth consecutive pole for Target Chip Ganassi and led an all-Target Toyota front row along with teammate Scott Dixon as Toyota swept...

Scheckter on Pole as Toyota sweeps top three in Michigan qualifying

Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) won the fourth consecutive pole for Target Chip Ganassi and led an all-Target Toyota front row along with teammate Scott Dixon as Toyota swept the top three spots in qualifying for Saturday's Firestone Indy 400.

Toyota-powered cars have now sat on the pole for eight of the last nine IRL events with the only exception coming when qualifying was washed out at Pikes Peak in June with the starting grid decided by practice times. In addition, Toyota-powered cars have now swept the front row in qualifying in each of the last three races.

Toyota-powered cars swept the first three spots today with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) joining the Scheckter and Dixon. It's the third consecutive race that Toyota has had at least the top three qualifiers after having the first seven at Kansas and the first six at Nashville.

Today's pole position is the second of the season for Tomas Scheckter (Texas was the other). It's Scheckter's third front-row start this season as he sat on the outside of the front row at Kansas.

Today's pole marks the fifth pole in the last six races for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and the team's fourth consecutive pole. It also marks the third time in the last six races that Target Chip Ganassi Racing cars have swept the front row with Texas and Kansas being the others.

Today's second in qualifying marks the sixth front-row starting position for Scott Dixon this season and the eighth time he's been in the top-four in the last nine events. Dixon now has four poles, two seconds, a third, a fourth and a sixth in his last nine IndyCar starts.

Overall, Toyota-powered drivers took five of the top-six spots today with Al Unser Jr. placing his Corteco Toyota in fifth and Alex Barron (Hollywood Toyota) outside of Unser in sixth. Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) and Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, to give Toyota seven of the top-10 today.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing