Dismore takes Vegas Indy pole

Mark Dismore overturned Greg Ray's run of qualifying success at Las Vegas on Saturday, at the 1.5 mile oval

Dismore takes Vegas Indy pole

Dismore ran 24th in the session, of 25 starters. His lap of 208.502mph was just half a mile an hour slower than last season's pole time, which was set with a 4.0 litre engine as opposed to the 3.5 litre spec powerplants used this season.

"The car started to loosen on the second lap," said Dismore, "the first lap was the best. I feel very happy to win pole."

Ray was nearly three quarters of a second slower than Dismore, but was still fast enough for second.

"After practice this morning, I knew it was going to be tight," said Ray. When Mark went out there and pushed the 25.8, I knew that it was going to be hard to hit. I just didn't get the car hooked up and I caught a gust on turn four."

Series leader Buddy Lazier was down in 22nd, while former CART champion Al Unser Jr. was 23rd after a troubled session in which he was forced to change cars.

Qualifying positions from Las Vegas:

1 M Dismore Dallara-Oldsmobile 25.899s
2 G Ray Dallara-Oldsmobile 25.970s
3 S Sharp Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.032s
4 E Salazar Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.036s
5 B Boat Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.185s
6 J Ward G Force-Oldsmobile 26.252s
7 E Cheever Dallara-Infiniti 26.256s
8 J Schroeder Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.289s
9 T Carlson Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.298s
10 J Leffler G Force-Oldsmobile 26.311s
11 S Goodyear Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.362s
12 A Dare G Force-Oldsmobile 26.363s
13 S Fisher R&S-Oldsmobile 26.451s
14 D Beechler Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.482s
15 S Harrington Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.504s
16 S Gregoire G Force-Oldsmobile 26.523s
17 R McGehee G Force-Oldsmobile 26.545s
18 D Hamilton G Force-Oldsmobile 26.610s
19 J Kite G Force-Oldsmobile 26.671s
20 S Hornish Jr G Force-Oldsmobile 26.687s
21 B Calkins Dallara-Oldsmobile 26.744s
22 B Lazier R&S-Oldsmobile 26.831s
23 A Unser Jr G Force-Oldsmobile 26.832s
24 J Lazier G Force-Oldsmobile 26.862s
25 R Buhl G Force-Oldsmobile 26.878s
26 R Johncox G Force-Oldsmobile 27.277s
27 J Miller Dallara-Oldsmobile 27.389s
28 D Didero Dallara-Oldsmobile 28.003s

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