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Alex Tagliani gives Bryan Herta's team Texas IndyCar pole

Alex Tagliani takes pole at TexasAlex 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
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