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1 Josef Newgarden 642
2 Simon Pagenaud 629
3 Scott Dixon 621
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6 Graham Rahal 522
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33 Zach Veach 23
34 Sage Karam 23
35 James Davison 21
36 Tristan Vautier 15
37 Buddy Lazier 14

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2. Esteban Gutierrez 91
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Scott Dixon wins IndyCar pole at Mid-Ohio

by Tim Wohlford
Saturday, August 6, 2011


Scott Dixon
The rain held off and Scott Dixon easily won the pole for Sundays’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio by almost 1/4 second over Ryan Briscoe the 85-lap race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course.  Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 6. 

Simon Pagenaud qualified Justin Wilson's No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold car and we hear he will race it on Sunday as Wilson has a cracked vertebrae.


9:25 - 9:55 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up

2 p.m. - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio pre-race

2:50 p.m. - Honda Indy 200 (85 laps), VERSUS (Live).


SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, PEAK Performance Pole Award winner): "The race is what pays the points and we've put ourselves in a good situation by winning the pole. We all thought it was going to rain, so everyone was pushing as hard as possible early on in the session. It was a hell of a workout during the session. I'm a little red right now. (Are you glad it didn't rain?): "It was the same for everybody and I'm not sure how our car would have worked in the wet compared to the others. I think we would have been decent, but we got the pole and that's what counts today. I'm happy for Team Target. They've worked hard all season and we haven't had the luck that we've needed. Dario (Franchitti) has been stealing all the fame here. It's nice to get a pole."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Penske Truck Rental): "It was a very hard-fought battle out there. This is a very physical track and it takes its toll on you. The track kept improving during qualifying and you really needed to be out there to take advantage of it. We're feeling good starting on the front row here. The Penske Truck Rental car has been fast and we can definitely win from there. Last time we started second here, we won the race in 2008, so hopefully we can have another result like that tomorrow."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske): "It was a good, solid result for the Verizon car, starting in the first two rows is definitely a place we can win from. Really, we're right where we need to be. We gave it everything we had, but just didn't quite have the car for pole today. I feel pretty good about it, though. What we have to do is be smart tomorrow, stay out of trouble and it should be a good day."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing): "I'm a little confused with our performance because the Telemundo car felt good and I felt good. I thought I was pushing it and not making mistakes but the lap time was just not coming. I really don't know what to say; the car wasn't bad. It's the strangest thing to have the worst qualifying of the year when the car feels good. The setup is not bad because obviously James is running well. Luckily I have a great strategist calling my race. The car is not bad, we just missed on our qualifying run somehow. Nothing is lost but it's disappointing to start 20th."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing): "Again, we were just on the outside looking in (to get into the Firestone Fast Six) but for a rookie it's not a bad place to be. We were one of the few guys that didn't test here last week so we came in having to learn real quick and a big thanks has to go to Oriol and everyone on the Telemundo car because they did come test and obviously we started with that setup and the car was good right away in Friday's practice. And it was good this morning so we knew we were going to be relatively competitive. We just put together a good Lap in Round 1 and were pretty competitive in Round 2 as well. I think it (being one of few that didn't test last week here) is probably more a mental thing than anything. It's just knowing that everybody else was here pounding around. When you come here for the race, the conditions are different; there are eight different kinds of rubber on the track from the different series so its very different conditions from the test day but its just me wanting to get to know the place in the Indy car and luckily we managed to get that done pretty quick in the first session."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Penske Truck Rental): "It's certainly a disappointing qualifying result. It's been tough to get a handle on the set-up of the Penske Truck Rental car this weekend. The car was really loose throughout the session and we just couldn't find the grip we needed to make it to the next round of qualifying. We will continue to work on the car and make sure we are ready for the race tomorrow."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy): "We tried to take the Venom car closer to Ryan's (Hunter-Reay) setup but it just didn't work for us today. We were in and out of the top six in our group but didn't have what we needed in the end. Obviously 19th is not where we want to be starting tomorrow but we'll do what we can to make our way through the field."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy): "Like Edmonton, we didn't have the strongest qualifying session. But we had a strong finish so I have confidence we can do the same here at Mid-Ohio with the car."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda): "I'm disappointed with the fifth place result.  We really got aggressive with the front end of the car today.  I just couldn't keep the rear end under me in the corners. I almost lost a couple of times, but, hey, it's qualifying and we can still get to the front in the race.  We can move our way up in the race.  We will improve the car in the morning practice.  I thought I could put together a good lap and we could have been second or third on the grid.  I couldn't attack through the corners as I would have liked.  I love driving here.  This place is a lot of fun.  We got our money's worth today with three rounds of qualifying.  I believe we'll have a car to put the Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop machine in the winner's circle."

MIKE CONWAY (No. 27 @FollowAndretti):"It was a difficult day for us today.  We thought we had improved the car from the morning practice session.  But we couldn't get the pace we needed to transfer out of the first round of qualifying.  I was able to jump up the charts to third several times in that round.  But we had a problem in the last couple of laps.  We were just a tenth out of transferring to the second round.  You just can't afford to miss a beat with the competition level in the IZOD IndyCar Series.  We'll work on making a good race car for Sunday's event.  We did that at Edmonton in the last race."

ED CARPENTER (No. 67 Dollar General Sarah Fisher Racing): "It's been a really disappointing day. This is not how we felt it was going to go, especially after testing here. We closed the gap a little bit during this morning's practice session, but now after qualifying we're further behind than we've been all weekend. This is definitely not the direction we want to be going. We're going to have to figure out a way to do better tomorrow."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "I am extremely disappointed.  Although I didn't get to run yesterday, the test session this morning went well and I was reasonably happy with the balance, but we knew we needed more speed for qualifying.  It was a tough qualifying session.  The car was sliding a lot and inconsistent.  We are going to have to work hard, review all the data and hopefully find some more speed for tomorrow."     

E.J. VISO (No. 59 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "Today's qualifying did not reflect the rhythm or the momentum we had in the practice sessions.  I believe we still have some work to do with the red tires on road courses.  We have been trying to address the red tire situation and every time we are getting closer to the solution.  However, there is still a little bit missing that we need to figure out in order to be up there in qualifying."

TONY KANAAN (No. 82 GEICO - KV Racing Technology - Lotus_: "The car was extremely difficult to drive during the qualifying session.  It was handling a lot different than in our last practice session.  It's a shame...coming from the back tomorrow will not be easy, but we'll do our best to put the GEICO - KVRT - Lotus up front and try to maintain our championship position."

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing): "It definitely stings to be so close (to advancing to the second round) and I think because the Firestone Indy Lights cars aren't here that every time we go out we have to pretty much clean up the rubber, so the times drop down really quickly on the last couple laps of the session. I think we had the car to advance, but I definitely didn't maximize a few corners, and around a place like this less than a tenth would have gotten us into the Top 12, and so that's what's personally frustrating. The National Guard Panther guys have done an awesome job all weekend to keep us in the window, and starting 13th and on the inside isn't going to be all bad, and we've done a good job this year of making up a lot of positions on these types of tracks. So tomorrow we've just got to keep our nose clean and keep doing what we've been doing."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen): "I'm really happy for the whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car has been fast all day and all weekend. It was nice to be able to go out and get the lap time in qualifying and end up in the top-10. It was still a little disappointing because a couple of tenths could have put us seventh  and we had a lap going and there was some dirt on the track so we lost the time. I know that the car is good and if we can hold a spot in the top-10 during the race we'll be in good shape."


Round 3

Pos Driver Team No. Time Speed
1 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 01:08.0776 119.405
2 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 6 01:08.3359 118.954
3 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 01:08.4016 118.839
4 Will Power Team Penske 12 01:08.4212 118.805
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 28 01:08.5796 118.531
6 Graham Rahal Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing 38 01:08.7423 118.250

Round 2

Pos Driver Team No. Time Speed
1 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 01:07.8370 119.828
2 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 01:08.1540 119.271
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 28 01:08.1706 119.242
4 Graham Rahal Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing 38 01:08.2534 119.097
5 Will Power Team Penske 12 01:08.3851 118.868
6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 6 01:08.4324 118.786
7 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas Racing 06 01:08.7701 118.203
8 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 01:08.8412 118.080
9 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology-Lotus 5 01:08.8653 118.039
10 Charlie Kimball Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 83 01:08.8665 118.037
11 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 19 01:08.9115 117.960
12 E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology-Lotus - - -

Round 1 Group 2

Pos Driver Team No. Time Speed
1 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 01:08.1442 119.288
2 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 01:08.4117 118.822
3 Graham Rahal Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing 38 01:08.6175 118.465
4 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 6 01:08.6582 118.395
5 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology-Lotus 5 01:08.8647 118.040
6 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 19 01:09.2547 117.375
7 Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 78 01:09.3009 117.297
8 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology-Lotus 82 01:09.3013 117.297
9 Simon Pagenaud Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 22 01:09.3851 117.155
10 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas Racing 2 01:09.4935 116.972
11 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest Racing 34 01:09.7105 116.608
12 James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing 18 01:09.8061 116.448
13 Martin Plowman Sam Schmidt Motorsports 17 01:10.2533 115.707
14 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing 67 01:12.3720 112.320

Round 1 Group 1

Pos Driver Team No. Time Speed
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 28 01:08.6969 118.328
2 Will Power Team Penske 12 01:08.7105 118.305
3 Charlie Kimball Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 83 01:09.0492 117.725
4 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas Racing 06 01:09.1473 117.558
5 E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology-Lotus 59 01:09.1943 117.478
6 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 01:09.3403 117.231
7 JR Hildebrand Panther Racing 4 01:09.4161 117.103
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 3 01:09.4369 117.067
9 Mike Conway Andretti Autosport 27 01:09.4904 116.977
10 Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14 01:09.6061 116.783
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 26 01:09.6059 116.783
12 Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 7 01:10.2166 115.767
13 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 01:10.4537 115.378


1. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.0776 (119.405)
2. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.3359 (118.954)
3. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.4016 (118.839)
4. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.4212 (118.805)
5. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.5796 (118.531)
6. (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.7423 (118.250)
7. (06) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.7701 (118.203)
8. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.8412 (118.080)
9. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.8653 (118.039)
10. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.8665 (118.037)
11. (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9115 (117.960)
12. (59) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9427 (117.907)
13. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.4161 (117.103)
14. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.3009 (117.297)
15. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.4369 (117.067)
16. (82) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.3013 (117.297)
17. (27) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.4904 (116.977)
18. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.3851 (117.155)
19. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6059 (116.783)
20. (2) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.4935 (116.972)
21. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6061 (116.783)
22. (34) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.7105 (116.608)
23. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.2166 (115.767)
24. (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.8061 (116.448)
25. (24) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.4537 (115.378)
26. (17) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.2533 (115.707)
27. (67) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 01:12.3720 (112.320)

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