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Dario Franchitti Scores Pole for Race 1 of the IZOD IndyCar Series Weekend in Toronto

July 12th, 2013 at 7:56 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Friday at Exhibition Place on the streets of Toronto Dario Franchitti won the pole position for Saturday's Race One of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend. It is the Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers' second pole of 2013 and the 32nd of his career.

'Dario Franchitti' photo (c) 2012, Nic Redhead - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The pole came after Franchitti crashed the car in practice earlier on Friday in Turn Five.

"I made it difficult this morning," the four-time champion Franchitti said. "I made a mistake in turn five there, took the right side off the car. The guys had to work and repair the car." 

Franchitti will be joined on the front row by Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais for the first ever standing start in series history.

Will Power will start third, Tony Kanaan fourth, James Jakes fifth, and Scott Dixon sixth. Ryan Hunter-Reay will start from seventh, with points leader Helio Castroneves eighth, Justin Wilson ninth, and Ryan Briscoe tenth. 

Takuma Sato crashed his AJ Foyt Racing entry in Turn One during qualifying doing damage to the left-front suspension but will start from 12th.

Qualifying for Sunday's Race Two will take place at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday. Race One will go green from a standing start at 3:40 p.m. ET Saturday and coverage starts at 3 p.m. on The NBC Sports Network.

Tags: Dario Franchitti, Dragon Racing, Exhibition Place, Helio Castroneves, Honda Indy Toronto, James Jakes, Justin Wilson, Motorsports, Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais, tony kanaan, Will Power

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