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Dixon Conquers 'Firestone Fast Six' to Capture Pole Position Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing has set the pace all weekend, and he continued that pattern today by capturing his first pole position of the 2006 IndyCar Series season....

Dixon Conquers 'Firestone Fast Six' to Capture Pole Position

Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing has set the pace all weekend, and he continued that pattern today by capturing his first pole position of the 2006 IndyCar Series season. Dixon was fastest in single-car qualifying, then backed it up in the "Firestone Fast Six" qualifying shootout by going even faster.

Dixon's top lap of 107.484 mph (1 minute, 17.0344 seconds) edged Marco Andretti for the pole by less than five-hundredths of a second. Today's achievement is the sixth pole of Dixon's IRL career but first since his championship season of 2003.

From Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We were kind of lucky we just had enough to hold on there; it was pretty close with Marco. If you're fast here and you're consistent, you can definitely win. The Firestone tires have been very consistent throughout all the stints. We need a bit more front grip, so maybe we should put the rears on the front. No, really, we were happy. The tires have been fantastic all weekend."

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone brought its highest-grip ("softest") road-course tire to Infineon Raceway. This is the first race-weekend use for the new compound formula, although teams were able to test on this same Firehawk tire specification twice earlier this season on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course. Each car receives eight sets of the dry-condition Firehawks to use during the weekend. The six cars participating in the Firestone Fast Six receive an additional set that must be returned following that session.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Scott and his team; as competitive as he is, it's hard to believe he hasn't been a pole winner since 2003. We also want to again applaud the 'Firestone Fast Six' qualifying formula. It allows the drivers involved to showcase their abilities to push their cars to the maximum and constantly challenge each other for top honors. They can put their cars on the edge, in great part, because they have the confidence in their Firestone tires to deliver the needed grip and stability on such a technical circuit as Infineon."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 75 to 81 degrees track and from 108 to 113 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 24 to 27 degrees track and from 42 to 45 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Marco Andretti , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing