Alex Tagliani gives Bryan Herta's team Texas IndyCar pole
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, June 8th 2012, 22:06 GMT|
Alex Tagliani claimed pole position for Saturday's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Canadian achieved an average of 215.691mph across his two qualifying laps at the wheel of the Bryan Herta Autosport entry to put himself just ahead of Ganassi's Dario Franchitti. The average difference between the pair in terms of lap time was 0.0102 seconds.
"Since we got back together with Honda, we flew under the radar," said Tagliani, whose team started the season using Lotus engines. "I think we're there. It's looking good for the rest of the year. Since Indy, we're really strong."
Graham Rahal was third-fastest ahead of fellow Ganassi driver Scott Dixon, with Penske's Will Power heading the Chevrolet runners in fifth. The Australian had been in contention for pole position with his first lap of 216.041mph, but lost out badly on his second lap when he hit the hard limiter.
Pos Driver Team/Car Speed 1. Alex Tagliani Herta DW12-Honda 215.691 2. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 215.646 3. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 215.554 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 215.331 5. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 215.116 6. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy 214.920 7. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 214.701 8. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 214.458 9. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 214.424 10. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda 214.196 11. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 214.082 12. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 214.060 13. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR DW12-Chevy 213.957 14. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 213.949 15. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 213.927 16. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 213.444 17. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 213.402 18. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 212.833 19. Justin Wilson Coyne DW12-Honda 212.136 20. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 211.643 21. James Jakes Coyne DW12-Honda 211.245 22. Katherine Legge Dragon DW12-Chevy 210.543 23. Simona de Silvestro HWM DW12-Lotus 204.066 24. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 202.596 25. Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda