Found September 14, 2012 on
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E. J. Viso
There's something about the Andretti family and being fast for 500-mile races. Marco Andretti earned the pole for tomorrow night's MAVTV 500 in Fontana with a two-lap average of 216.069 mph in his No. 26 RC Cola Chevy.
It was Andretti's second career pole as his lone other top qualifying effort came all the way back in 2008 at Milwaukee. Andretti was fast in Indy but couldn't capitalize on pole day and wound up fourth. On Friday, Andretti had the quickest first lap as the only wheelman to top the 217 mph bracket at 217.934 mph, but ran the slowest second lap out of the 10 with a speed of 214.235. He can thank that top lap for giving him enough for the pole.
Starting alongside Andretti is Penske's Ryan Briscoe, who is riding a late-season hot streak. The Indianapolis 500 pole winner was the only other driver to average a speed over 216. Briscoe's two-lap speed was 216.058 mph in the No. 2 Chevy. The front row spot is Briscoe's third in the last five race...
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Marco Andretti won the pole for the IndyCar season finale, putting himself in position for a strong close to what's been the worst year of his career.
Andretti's qualifying average of 216.069 mph Friday was good enough to take the top spot at Auto Club Speedway. It held off Ryan Briscoe's average of 216.058, and gave Andretti the second pole of his career. The first...
Marco Andretti has won the pole for the IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
Andretti's qualifying average was 216.069 mph, and narrowly held off Ryan Briscoe's challenge of 216.058.
It's the first pole since 2008 for Andretti, who is stuck in the worst season of his career. Andretti is ranked a career-worst 17th in the standings headed into Saturday night&...
[youtube]qpMeZD5r6MA[/youtube]Marco Andretti has two tasks in Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series finale: End a trying 2012 campaign with a strong finish and help teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay bring Andretti Autosport its first championship in five seasons.The third-generation driver, who has just one top-5 finish this season, will start on pole for the MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway...