IRL: Motegi: Toyota qualifying report

HORNISH PUTS TOYOTA ON POLE AT MOTEGI Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) won the pole for Saturday's Japan Indy 300 with a lap of more than 204 miles-per-hour to give Toyota its fourth pole position at Twin Ring Motegi in the last six years.

HORNISH PUTS TOYOTA ON POLE AT MOTEGI

Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) won the pole for Saturday's Japan Indy 300 with a lap of more than 204 miles-per-hour to give Toyota its fourth pole position at Twin Ring Motegi in the last six years. Hornish edged recent Toyota Atlantic graduate Danica Patrick by just more than three one-hundredths of a second for the top spot.

- Sam Hornish Jr.'s pole position is the first for Toyota this season and the manufacturer's 17th in 36 IndyCar Series events.

- The pole is the sixth for Hornish Jr. during his IndyCar Series career and his first with Marlboro Team Penske and Toyota. The two-time IndyCar Series champion will be looking for his second win of the season. He has finished in the top two in each of the oval events this season after placing second at Homestead and winning Phoenix.

- Toyota will be looking for its third victory in the last four years at Twin Ring Motegi when the green flag falls on Saturday. Toyota previously won in 2002 with Bruno Junqueira and in 2003 with Scott Sharp.

- Today's qualifying marked the first time this season that Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) was not the highest Toyota qualifier. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner placed fourth -- just three one-hundredths behind his teammate. Castroneves was just seven one-thousands from making it an all Penske Toyota front row.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Bruno Junqueira , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick
Teams Team Penske