Herta Takes Michigan Pole

Andretti Racing Green's Brian Herta claimed his third pole position of the season today at the Michigan International Speedway, ahead of tomorrow's Firestone Indy 400

Herta Takes Michigan Pole

Herta lapped the D-shaped, 2-mile oval circuit with a best average speed of 219.141mph to qualify ahead of Tomas Scheckter, who grabbed his fourth successive top-5 grid position, and his fourth front row start in 2005.

Herta, still chasing a win this season - with a best finish in third, in the Indianapolis 500, was the third drive to run his qualifying attempt. But his best lap withstood challenge and remained the fastest of the day.

Behind Herta and Scheckter will line up Buddy Rice and Scott Dixon, with Buddy Lazier and Scott Sharp taking the third row.

Herta's teammate Dario Franchitti will start from seventh position, with rookie Danica Patrick alongside him in eighth.

Pos Driver Make-Engine Speed 1. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 219.141 2. Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevy 219.100 3. Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 218.909 4. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 218.890 5. Buddy Lazier Dallara-Chevy 218.855 6. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 218.745 7. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 218.570 8. Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 218.479 9. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 217.590 10. Townsend Bell Dallara-Chevy 217.502 11. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 217.486 12. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 217.388 13. Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara-Toyota 217.373 14. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 217.167 15. Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota 216.956 16. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 216.846 17. Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 216.513 18. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 215.308 19. Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 215.027 20. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 214.815 21. Jimmy Kite Dallara-Toyota 214.095 22. A.J. Foyt IV Dallara-Toyota 214.040 23. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 212.416 
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