IRL: Texas II: Toyota Motorsports Friday report

On the verge of his final IndyCar Series event, Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) won his first pole position of the season and fellow Toyota driver Scott Dixon will start beside him to make it an all-Toyota front row for ...

On the verge of his final IndyCar Series event, Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Toyota) won his first pole position of the season and fellow Toyota driver Scott Dixon will start beside him to make it an all-Toyota front row for Sunday's Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Today's pole is Toyota's 11th in 16 races this season and its 23rd in the last two seasons of open-wheel competition in 35 races.

Toyota-powered drivers swept the top five positions in qualifying today with Gil de Ferran and Scott Dixon leading Tomas Scheckter (Target Toyota), Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood Toyota) and Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota). Included in the mix were two pairs of teammates with Marlboro Team Penske drivers de Ferran and Castroneves in first and fifth, and Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Dixon and Scheckter in second and third.

Gil de Ferran's pole position is his first of the season and the fifth of his IRL IndyCar Series career after winning four poles a year ago. He twice won from the MBNA pole at Pikes Peak and Gateway. Today's effort marks de Ferrran's first front-row start of the season in what is scheduled to be his final IndyCar Series event after announcing his retirement at season's end.

Scott Dixon's (Target Toyota) second-place in qualifying today marks his series-leading ninth front-row starting position of the season starting on the front row in 56 percent of the races this season. Dixon has now qualified in the top six in 15 consecutive races this season. He closes out the qualifying portion of the season as the series leader in poles (five) and front row starts (nine).

With the two front-row starting positions today, Toyota drivers claimed 21 of the 33 front-row positions available this season in IndyCar Series competition.

The three Toyota-powered drivers still in the championship hunt will start Sunday's race in first (Gil de Ferran), second (Scott Dixon) and fifth (Helio Castroneves).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing