IRL: St. Pete: Dario Franchitti qualifying report

Franchitti Qualifies on the Pole for Honda Grand Prix in Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2006) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dario Franchitti set a track record and collected his 14th career major open-wheel pole position...

Franchitti Qualifies on the Pole for Honda Grand Prix in Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2006) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dario Franchitti set a track record and collected his 14th career major open-wheel pole position for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Franchitti, who has been one of the quickest three drivers throughout practice, maintained his speed during the single-car qualifying session and scored the quickest lap time. In the 10-minute "Firestone Fast Six Shootout," Franchitti bettered the other five drivers with a best-lap speed of 104.054 miles per hour (1:02.2753 seconds).

The second of 14 races on the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series schedule goes green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) with ESPN providing live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on XM channel 145.

Dario Franchitti, #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car has been good all weekend. We had a good balance in qualifying. Allen McDonald and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam boys had it absolutely right today. The Firestone tires have held on well so we can do qualifying runs that are five or six laps here, so hopefully that bodes well for tomorrow. This is a typical street-course race, so you've got to get through that first turn. Once you're through the first turn you can get on with the rest of the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Jim Beam