Qualifying: Kanaan takes pole

Brazilian Tony Kanaan will start from pole position for Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series race at Pikes Peak, after the grid was set by practice times when qualifying was rained off

Qualifying: Kanaan takes pole

Despite never having seen the track before he arrived on Friday, the championship leader's 180.232mph lap in practice was the fastest in the history of the one-mile oval, and good enough to secure him pole when a thunderstorm hit.

"I felt a little uncomfortable this morning, so I asked if I could take a pace car ride," said Kanaan, who succeeded in making his engineer sick during the run. "I did four laps. This is an amazing place."

Kanaan's good friend and fellow Brazilian, Helio Castroneves, will join the Andretti Green star on the front row. "This really reminds me of my Indy Lights days with Helio," said Kanaan. "We'd go into place we'd never seen before and try to beat each other so bad. It didn't matter whether that we were learning the car or learning the track. We just wanted to go fast.

"I went out this morning and did 20.3 on the sixth lap. I came in and my engineers asked me 'so, how's the car?' I said, 'I have no idea. It's fast, but I have no idea. I'm still learning the track."

Felipe Giaffone will start third, ahead of Gil de Ferran. Tora Takagi, who was docked 23 points and put on probation for a crash in the last race, will start fifth, ahead of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, who is making his return to the series after missing several races through injury.

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