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GREAT SCOT: Dario Franchitti Wins Pole For MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 At New Hampshire

Saturday, August 13, 2011

LOUDON, N.H. – Dario Franchitti picked up Saturday where he left off on Thursday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Franchitti was the only driver in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying to top 170 mph around the flat 1.058-mile oval, clocking a two-lap average of 170.843 mph to win the pole for Sunday's MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver was also the first to cross the 170-mph barrier during open testing at New Hampshire on Thursday.

"That was as good a job as I could have done there," said Franchitti, who held his car wide open around the circuit. "It takes a certain amount of faith going into Turn 1 there like that."

Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Oriol Servia qualified on the outside pole. Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the Top-5 qualifiers in the 26-car field.

 

Scott Dixon, Franchitti's teammate and last week's winner at Mid-Ohio, will start seventh Sunday.

Graham Rahal, who was fastest in final practice Saturday afternoon and was at or near the top of the charts all weekend, qualified a disappointing 23rd. Pippa Mann crashed hard off Turn 2 during final practice and did not make a qualifying attempt.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will start ninth. Danica Patrick qualified 15th.

- TB