Dixon heads all-Ganassi front row

Dixon heads all-Ganassi front row

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Dixon heads all-Ganassi front row

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Scott Dixon will head an all-Ganassi front row for the second race of this weekend’s IZOD IndyCar Series double-header at Toronto.

The New Zealander led his group for most of the session, and became the only driver so far this weekend to dip below the 59s mark with his 58.9686sec effort, which came just as James Jakes crashed and brought out the red flags.

“The lap just came together; I left a little on the table yesterday,” said Dixon. “The guys put in some work on the car last night, making a few adjustments, and it’s definitely got the speed to drive today.

“It’s been a little while since we’ve been on pole for a road/street course, so definitely very happy about.”

Dario Franchitti, who will start today’s first race from pole, topped the first qualifying group with his 59.1905sec and will line up alongside his teammate on Sunday.

“The more people run, the more rubber goes down, so we were expecting the second session to be quicker,” Franchitti said. “We’re very happy to have both Target cars on the front row and Scott did a great job to get the pole.”

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay will share the second row ahead of Will Power and E.J. Viso.

Both Power and Sebastien Bourdais, who will start from the fourth row, could potentially have finished higher up, but Power glanced the barriers late in the second session and dragged an advertising banner off the wall. He managed to shed it from his car, only for it to wrap itself around Bourdais’ front wing instead. Jakes’s crash a moment later denied the Dragon team an opportunity to try and remove it.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine        Time      Gap 1.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda      58.9686s 2.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda      59.1905s  +0.222s 3.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy       59.1953s  +0.226s 4.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy     59.3915s  +0.423s 5.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy       59.2503s  +0.281s 6.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy           59.5360s  +0.567s 7.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy       59.5421s  Group 2 8.  Ryan Briscoe         Panther/Chevy      59.5473s  Group 1 9.  Alex Tagliani        Herta/Honda        59.7601s  Group 210.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy           59.6489s  Group 111.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy     59.7821s  Group 212.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy     59.6750s  Group 113.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda      59.8326s  Group 214.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda        59.7113s  Group 115.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       1m00.0874s  Group 216.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda      59.7871s  Group 117.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    1m00.3204s  Group 218.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy     59.8207s  Group 119.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     1m00.6174s  Group 220.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda        59.9216s  Group 121.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      1m00.7204s  Group 222.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     1m00.1913s  Group 123.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  1m00.9519s  Group 224.  Mike Conway          Coyne/Honda      1m00.3919s  Group 1

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