Dario Franchitti should be nicknamed the "rocket" as he's won the pole for the third consecutive race in his No. 10 Target Honda. Franchitti set the fastest lap as time just expired in the Firestone Fast 6 of 59.5274-seconds that bested the second quickest car of Will Power.
Power's lap of 59.3757 was set with 52 seconds left and would have been his 27th career pole, but Franchitti had other plans in mind.
Instead of Power earning P1, Franchitti gained his 29th career IZOD IndyCar Series pole.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 champ is 70 points behind Power in the standings and needs some big runs if he hopes to defend his IndyCar title. This could be the spark he needs as this was his fourth pole at the 1.75-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Franchitti, will try and avoid the bad luck of having the pole as the last two races he's had a wishbone problem in Milwaukee that caused his day to end in the wall and the last race at Iowa his engine blew before the race even started.
Justin Wilson, who had a terrible day on Friday in hitting just about everything but the pace car, rebounded to post a strong qualifying time and will start third. The Texas race winner turned a lap of 59.4506-seconds in the No. 18 Sonny's BBQ Honda and will try to earn his second win at the street course in Toronto.
Starting alongside of Wilson is Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais. Bourdais turned a lap of 59.4721-seconds in the No. 7 Chevy.
There will be four previous winners in tomorrow's field and all four start in the top two rows. For the rest of the field, it will be hard to get past these four drivers tomorrow.
Rounding out the Firestone Fast 6 today were Scott Dixon (fifth) and Alex Tagliani (sixth). Dixon was searching for his 18th career pole as he was sitting P1 with just 1:17 left, but the top four all set speeds quicker than his in the final minute.
The winner of the last two races, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will start seventh, while Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and rookie Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top 10 in qualifications today.
The team with the worst day has to be KV Racing. Tony Kanaan had a mechanical issue this morning and was the quickest in the qualifying session for the team, but will start back in 18th. Kanaan's teammates Rubens Barrichello (20th) and E.J. Viso (25th) had bad days as well and will have a long way to go in tomorrow's race.
Joining Viso in the back is his rival Marco Andretti. Andretti will start second to last and one spot in front of Viso. It has to be frustrating for the third generation Andretti to be starting near the back consistentlywhile his teammates are almost always a threat for the pole.
Tomorrow's race can be seen on ABC at 12:30 P.M.
Honda Indy Toronto Starting Line-Up
1. 10 Dario Franchitti 59.3510
2. 12 Will Power 59.3757
3. 18 Justin Wilson 59.4506
4. 7 Sebastien Bourdais 59.4721
5. 9 Scott Dixon 59.5140
6. 98 Alex Tagliani 59.5616
7. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 59.4829
8. 3 Helio Castroneves 59.5476
9. 27 James Hinchcliffe 59.5958
10. 77 Simon Pagenaud R 59.6650
11. 15 Takuma Sato 59.8197
12. 38 Graham Rahal 59.8966
13. 14 Mike Conway 1:00.0718
14. 2 Ryan Briscoe 59.9888
15. 83 Charlie Kimball 1:00.1557
16. 22 Oriol Servia 1:00.0004
17. 4 J.R. Hildebrand 1:00.4508
18. 11 Tony Kanaan 1:00.1203
19. 19 James Jakes 1:00.5440
20. 8 Rubens Barrichello R 1:00.2043
21. 78 Simona de Silvestro 1:00.6709
22. 67 Josef Newgarden R 1:00.2199
23. 20 Ed Carpenter 1:01.0333
24. 26 Marco Andretti 1:00.6145
25. 5 E.J. Viso 1:02.5280
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