Herta Takes Phoenix Pole

Bryan Herta has secured his first IRL pole position, with the fastest time in qualifying for Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway

Herta Takes Phoenix Pole

Herta just edged out Homestead winner and Andretti Green teammate Dan Wheldon to take pole position for the race

"I'm really happy with the time we put up," said Herta. "This run is really for the guys on the XM Satellite Radio crew because we had a huge crash with this car two weeks ago at Homestead and they worked their tails off to put it back together.

"The car is running really well now and they did a great job. This is fastest that we've run, so I'm happy with it."

The qualifying session saw three drivers fail to set a time. Two of these drivers were Patrick Carpentier and rookie Paul Dana, both crashing in practice on Friday. The other driver not to take part in qualifying was Tony Kanaan, who changed an engine after the original powerplant began overheating on Friday.

Penske's Helio Castroneves was next, ahead of Panther's Tomas Scheckter, with another Andretti Green driver in Dario Franchitti completing the top five.

Dallaras fill the top seven places on the grid, though on the engine side the battle is much more even, with three makes in the top four places.

XM Satellite Radio Indy 200, Phoenix International Raceway qualifying results:

Pos Driver Team Speed 1. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 176.612 mph 2. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 176.475 mph 3. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 176.081 mph 4. Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevrolet 176.068 mph 5. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 175.801 mph 6. Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara-Toyota 175.772 mph 7. Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevrolet 175.641 mph 8. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 175.439 mph 9. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 175.362 mph 10. Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 175.115 mph 11. Darren Manning Panoz-Toyota 174.864 mph 12. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 174.617 mph 13. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 174.403 mph 14. Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 174.344 mph 15. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 174.211 mph 16. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 172.377 mph 17. A.J. Foyt IV Dallara-Toyota 170.619 mph 18. Danica Patrick Dallara-Honda 169.247 mph 19. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 165.779 mph 20. Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota - 21. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda - 22. Paul Dana Dallara-Toyota - 
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