Hornish Takes Richmond Pole

Team Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. will start tomorrow's IRL race at the Richmond International Raceway from pole position, after setting the fastest time and a new track record in today's qualifying

Hornish Takes Richmond Pole

With a fastest speed of 176.244 mph, Hornish, along with eleven other drivers, broke his teammate Helio Castroneves' track record of 171.202 mph. This will be Hornish's second pole of the season.

"The car was set up really good," Hornish said. "We've made some big improvements in the last year, and we seem to be going faster and faster wherever we go. We were pretty much running flat out all the way around. It was just a really good run for us."

Castroneves himself will start from second, giving Toyota its first all-front row of the 2005 season.

"Team Penske always works so hard," said Castroneves. "I wanted to be on pole position, but I guess my teammate went there and went a little faster. Hopefully we'll have a one and two. This place kind of owes me, so hopefully we can win here."

The second row of the grid sees two rookies setting their best qualifying result in IRL. Ryan Briscoe lines up on third, alongside Patrick Carpentier in fourth.

The first of the Honda powered cars lines up on the fifth spot on the grid, with Dario Franchitti qualifying alongside Bryan Herta, in six.

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine     Speed
 1.  Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota  176.244
 2.  Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota  175.797
 3.  Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota    174.656
 4.  Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota  173.776
 5.  Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda   173.760
 6.  Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda   173.457
 7.  Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda   173.068
 8.  Tomas Enge          Dallara-Chevy   172.771
 9.  Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota  172.761
10.  Darren Manning      Panoz-Toyota    172.701
11.  Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda     172.329
12.  Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda     172.222
13.  Jimmy Kite          Dallara-Toyota  170.693
14.  Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda     170.691
15.  Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda     169.627
16.  Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota  168.933
17.  A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Toyota  168.436
18.  Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda   168.382
19.  Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevy   168.268
20.  Scott Dixon         Panoz-Toyota    167.367
21.  Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda     164.707
22.  Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda   -
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