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Franchitti Inherits Rained-Out Richmond Pole Dario Franchitti will start from the pole in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge, in an IndyCar Series starting grid determined by championship points after rain washed out qualifying runs Friday...

Franchitti Inherits Rained-Out Richmond Pole

Dario Franchitti will start from the pole in Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge, in an IndyCar Series starting grid determined by championship points after rain washed out qualifying runs Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

In addition to the championship points lead, Franchitti has two wins this season: the Indianapolis 500 in May and last weekend's inaugural IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway. He has finished in the top five in seven of eight races, but this is his first pole starting position of 2007.

Second in the championship fight, Tony Kanaan will start along side his Andretti Green Racing teammate on the outside of the front row. He also posted the quickest speed in practice, with a lap of 172.974 mph in the second of two practice sessions held before the rain arrived.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon will start third and fourth, respectively, with Team Penske's Sam Hornish Jr., fifth, and Helio Castroneves, sixth, making up the third row.

Panther Racing's Vitor Meira will start ninth in his backup Honda Dallara after suspension failure in the opening practice caused a crash in Turn 3 that wrecked his primary car. Rookie Milka Duno also crashed in the second session in Turn 4, and will start 19th in her repaired SAMAX Racing machine. Neither driver was injured.

Dario Franchitti (#27 Andretti Green Racing Honda) pole qualifier (based on championship points), his first pole of 2007, fourth career IndyCar Series pole: "Well to be honest, the new rule with the rain helped us tonight as we never ran a qualifying simulation in practice, so under the old rules we would have started back in sixth. But I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow night. This is a real 'driver's track'. It's always a very physical race here, but that makes it all the more rewarding when you run well."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing