Dario Franchitti on Pole at Toronto

Dario Franchitti won his first career pole in 1997 at Toronto. Today he got his 29th, which is also his third straight this season. He ran five laps, his last one at 59.3510 which was just .0247 seconds quicker than Will Power.

The Firestone Fast Six (Wilson, Dixon, Bourdais, Tagliani, Power and Franchitti) were all separated by just .3482 of a second.

Dario took the pole from Power within the final 20 seconds of qualifying. Power was held up by Sato towards the end of the session. The two drivers will start the race on the front row tomorrow, a year after their contact that fueled their intense rivalry.

Row two is interesting, with Wilson and Bourdais. Wilson suffered a mechanical issue in Friday’s practice and hit four pit crew members. Two of them were sent to the hospital but everyone appears to be okay. Three of the four people he hit were from Bourdais’ Dragon team.

Row three will feature the Ice Man, and the Hometown Hero. Dixon is focused on the Series Championship, while Tagliani is eager to win in his home country. He start further back though, after his 10 spot grid penalty for his engine change.

ABC’s coverage of the Honda Indy Toronto begins at 12:30 ET on Sunday.


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