IRL: Nashville: Toyota Motorsports qualifying report

Dixon on pole as Toyota takes top six in qualifying at Nashville - Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) won his third consecutive IndyCar Series pole and led an all- Toyota front row along with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) as Toyota swept the ...

Dixon on pole as Toyota takes top six in qualifying at Nashville

- Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) won his third consecutive IndyCar Series pole and led an all- Toyota front row along with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) as Toyota swept the top-six spots in qualifying for Saturday's Firestone Indy 200.

- Toyota-powered cars have now sat on the pole for seven of the last eight 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.

Toyota-powered cars swept the first six spots today with Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota), Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota), Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota) and Alex Barron (Hollywood Toyota) following Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves.

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

- Scott Dixon's pole is the fifth of the season for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and the team's fourth in the last five races and its fifth in the last seven. Dixon won the pole at the most recent race at Kansas, as well as at Motegi and Richmond, while Scheckter was on the pole at Texas.

- After leading today's second practice and then winning the pole position, Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers have now been the fastest in 9 of the last 11 IndyCar practice and qualifying sessions over the last three weekends.

- Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) matched his career-best with a third-place in qualifying the fifth time he's qualified third in the last seven races. Takagi now has qualified in the top-five in six of the last seven IndyCar Series events.

Toyota Nashville Qualifying:

1. Scott Dixon
2. Helio Castroneves
3. Tora Takagi
4. Gil de Ferran
5. Tomas Scheckter
6. Alex Barron
13. Al Unser Jr.
14. Scott Sharp
18. A.J. Foyt IV

Firestone Indy 200, July 19, ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. EDT

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Series IndyCar
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing