Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan put in a blistering lap of 218.086 mph in edging teammate Dario Franchitti aside for pole in Saturday's Meijer 300 IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway. "I have to thank the AGR team for this one," said Kanaan,...
Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan put in a blistering lap of 218.086 mph in edging teammate Dario Franchitti aside for pole in Saturday's Meijer 300 IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway.
"I have to thank the AGR team for this one," said Kanaan, a three-time race winner this season. "The car was terrific today."
"We had a really strong car, and I was able to work with Dario (Franchitti) in practice. We were able to help each other a lot today."
"It doesn't actually add any pressure for me," he added in explanation of the solid teamwork on display. "It's a system we (the team) worked out years ago, and I find things on my car from trying to help others."
Franchitti was fast from the roll-out from the transporter today, pacing practice from the opening green flag, to which he credited his teammate's encouragement and assistance.
Franchitti's 216.810 fell over one mile an hour short of his teammate's qualifying time, but he wasted no time in heaping his gratitude on the Brazilian.
"Tony shared a lot with me this week," he said in reference to the setup of a his car on the 1.5 mile raceway. "I think Tony and I, on the oval, have developed a style that leads to driving an IRL car well. We can run pretty close where some others cannot."
Scott Sharp of Rahal Letterman Racing brought his Honda-powered Dallara home third-quick at 216.658 mph, and will be joined by Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon who turned in a best lap of 216.481 mph.
Dan Wheldon shook off some of the troubles that have dogged him in qualifying this year by running to the fifth-fastest place on the grid at 216.353 mph.
Vision Racing's Tomas Scheckter and Team Penske's Sam Hornish, Jr line up in the sixth and seventh positions. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter and AJ Foyt IV complete the top-ten qualifiers on the day.
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti find themselves distressingly far from the front as each turned in a relatively sub-par performance. Castroneves' 214.880 mph was good enough only for thirteenth, while Marco Andretti starts fifteenth.
The race is set to go off at 6:30 EDT from Kentucky Speedway, broadcast live online at IndyCar.com and on ESPN 2 TV.