Castroneves Leads Penske Front

Helio Castroneves has taken his first pole position of the season at the 1-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway oval, qualifying alongside teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to give Team Penske an all front row start

Castroneves Leads Penske Front

Castroneves recorded the quickest lap of 175.423 mph (20.522 seconds) - just two thousandths of a second faster than teammate Hornish, who posted a fast lap of 175.404 mph.

"I'm very happy that Marlboro Team Penske is on the front row," said Castroneves, who recorded his 10th career pole award. "Now it's my turn to be on the front. I'm extremely, extremely happy. We've been working a lot on the race car, and it definitely paid off in the qualifying."

Andretti Green Racing teammates Brian Herta and Dario Franhitti will share the second row. Franchitti, winner of last year's race - also starting from fourth - stated: "Pikes Peak is one of those tracks where it doesn't matter where you qualify; if you have a fast car you'll go to the front.

"If your car goes off, you go straight to the back. It's more important for us to have a good race car tomorrow."

Danica Patrick and reigning IRL Champion Tony Kanaan will be on the third row, while Scott Sharp, who won last week's race at Kentucky, will start from tenth position.

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine      Speed
 1.  Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota   175.423
 2.  Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota   175.404
 3.  Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda    175.242
 4.  Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda    174.747
 5.  Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda      174.389
 6.  Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda    174.368
 7.  Tomas Enge          Dallara-Chevy    174.316
 8.  Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevy    173.937
 9.  Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda      173.830
10.  Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda      173.697
11.  Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda    173.660
12.  Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda      173.546
13.  Scott Dixon         Panoz-Toyota     173.540
14.  Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota     173.410
15.  Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda    172.945
16.  Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda      172.005
17.  Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota   171.706
18.  Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota   170.631
19.  A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Chevy    169.912
20.  Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota   169.204
21.  Jimmy Kite          Dallara-Toyota   168.144
22.  Jaques Lazier       Panoz-Toyota     -
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