Briscoe claims pole for Texas
|Friday, June 4th 2010, 21:51 GMT|
Ryan Briscoe claimed his second pole position of 2010 in qualifying for the IndyCar Series' Texas night race.
The Penske driver's speed of 215.273mph held on despite strong challenges from Ganassi's Dario Franchitti and points leader Will Power (Penske), who completed the top three.
The first five positions were locked out by the Ganassi/Penske quintet, with Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves fourth and fifth, but best of the rest in a superb sixth was Alex Lloyd, who showed that his Dale Coyne Racing team's Indianapolis form was no fluke. While his team-mate Milka Duno could not emulate her top six from practice, she took a respectable 17th.
Hideki Mutoh also ran well to take seventh for Newman/Haas, ahead of top Andretti Autosport qualifier Danica Patrick.
Mario Moraes led KV Racing's charge in ninth, while Takuma Sato will start 11th behind Marco Andretti (Andretti) for his Texas debut. Tony Kanaan was only 13th for Andretti, with Ryan Hunter-Reay again struggling for qualifying speed and languishing in 24th.
Pos Driver Team Speed 1. Ryan Briscoe Penske 215.273mph 2. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 215.261mph 3. Will Power Penske 215.158mph 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 215.152mph 5. Helio Castroneves Penske 214.411mph 6. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 214.408mph 7. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 214.380mph 8. Danica Patrick Andretti 214.098mph 9. Mario Moraes KV 213.800mph 10. Marco Andretti Andretti 213.785mph 11. Takuma Sato KV 213.692mph 12. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 213.602mph 13. Tony Kanaan Andretti 213.346mph 14. EJ Viso KV 213.336mph 15. Dan Wheldon Panther 213.316mph 16. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher 213.256mph 17. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 213.222mph 18. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 212.904mph 19. Vitor Meira Foyt 212.805mph 20. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 212.526mph 21. Jay Howard Sarah Fisher 212.448mph 22. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 212.349mph 23. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 212.327mph 24. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 212.298mph 25. Mario Romancini Conquest 212.101mph 26. Simona de Silvestro HVM 211.289mph