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Franchitti on pole for New Hampshire IndyCar race

IndyCar at Loudon
Saturday, August 13, 2011


Dario Franchitti with Nikon and T-Mobile livery this weekend
Dario Franchitti says the car set-up for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is most closely aligned with The Milwaukee Mile – give or take a few degrees of banking in the turns – on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

He's more familiar with the latter, most recently winning the IZOD IndyCar Series race from the pole in June in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car. He competed on the former, a 1.025-mile, variably banked oval, in 2007 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.

Even that modicum of familiarity assisted Franchitti, who earned the PEAK Performance Pole Position for the Indy 225. The 20th qualifier, he recorded a two-lap combined time of 43.1976 seconds and an average speed of 170.843 mph. His second lap (21.5968 seconds) was a one-lap IZOD IndyCar Series track record.

It was Franchitti's 26th Indy car pole, overtaking Paul Tracy for ninth on the all-time list.

"The run itself, it was the first time I've been wide open at both ends," said Franchitti, who has three victories and 12 top-five finishes in 28 starts on one-mile ovals (winning at Pikes Peak in 2004 plus Milwaukee in 2004 and '11). "The Target boys did a good job this morning and the driver did something, too."

"The [qualifying] run itself, obviously, was very, very good.  The first time you go into Turn One with your foot flat [on the throttle], you just have to believe, and trust that the car will stick [to the track].  When it does, it's great!  The track has changed a lot as the weekend has progressed, and I expect it to change a lot as the race goes on.  Whoever adapts best to the changing conditions should come out on top.  I hope it's us."

Four different teams are represented in the top five.

Oriol Servia, driving the No. 2 Telemundo car for Newman/Haas Racing, will start a season-high second (169.831 mph average). Tony Kanaan tied his season high in the No. 82 GEICO-KV Racing Technology-Lotus car and will start on the inside of Row 2 next to rookie James Hinchcliffe in the No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing car.

Ryan Hunter-Reay will start fifth in the No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske will start sixth.


DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "The run itself, it was the first time I've been wide open at both ends. On that first lap you go into Turn 1 wide open wondering if it's going to stick or not. If it doesn't stick it's going to get ugly quickly. The whole Target team did a great job coming up with the set-ups and working through the problems this morning with a slick track. (Engineer) Chris (Simmons) and I bounced some ideas back and forth and (the pole run) was the result."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing, qualified second): "We came here with the hopes of having a good race because Newman/Haas Racing has done well here in the past. I am happy that we had both cars up there on the chart. This shows very well for the team. It is a lot of fun to drive here, but is one of the most challenging. It is wide enough to drive three wide here, but we have only been going in the second lane because when we get our tires high or low it gets very slippery. We have been knocking at that door to win a race, but it is so competitive amongst the drivers it takes a perfect weekend to win. The Telemundo team gave me a great car today and we ended up in front. Hopefully we can get a little more out of the car tomorrow."

TONY KANAAN (#82 GEICO - KV Racing Technology - Lotus, Qualified third): "It was a solid run, a little bit slower than I expected, but still good enough to hold the third spot until the end of the qualifying session.  You know, when you're one of the first guys to go out to qualify it kind of hurts your time because the track keeps getting faster and faster.  I'm proud of my guys.  The Geico - KVRT - Lotus team did a very good job putting me up front.  I think that we have a pretty good race car for tomorrow, but this is a tough track to pass so we'll see how it goes during the race."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing, qualified fourth): "It's a good effort by the whole Newman/Haas team with Oriol on the front row and us on the second row. Both cars have been super-strong since we got here so it's a good effort by everybody. Obviously I would have liked to have been a tiny bit quicker. I think it had a little bit more in it but the track conditions changed a bit. It got quite a bit hotter. It's definitely going to be a track-position race so it's good to start up front. To have rolled in here on Thursday not having seen the place and had this result is great. It's a fast track and it's very difficult to get the setup right and go flat around here. But the team gave us good cars and we're sitting all right now."

RYAN HUNTER REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda, qualified fifth): "I have to thank my teammates for helping me with the track conditions today.  I was later in the qualifying line and I was able to get some information from them.  Man, this place is hairy to try to qualify.  I was right on the edge today.  But that is what I love about these short ovals.  It takes some driving to get around these tracks.  You have lift (off the throttle), you have to counter steer, you have to catch the car (from spinning).  It's a lot of fun.  The margin is so small for error.  But the Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda guys did a great job getting my car ready for this place.  It is tricky here. We'll be a little more conservative for the race than we were today for qualifying.  It was a handful out there today.  I think we can have a good day Sunday in the race."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Penske Truck Rental, qualified sixth) :"Qualifying in the top six feels pretty good here. We've all struggled a little bit at Team Penske this weekend and we've put in a lot of time in the engineering room and I'm really proud of everyone on the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental team for the effort today. We've made a lot of progress since practice on Thursday and now we've got to just keep it going for the race. The track here at New Hampshire is good. It's got a narrow groove but hopefully it keeps opening up to create another lane for the race tomorrow. It should be interesting."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "We had tons of grip but it was definitely frustrating for us out there. The other cars trimmed out and we missed out a little on qualifying. Its not what we expected. The track has changed a lot and we can just hope for the best tomorrow for the Target team. We have about a lane and a half for the race so it will be tough to pass."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology - Lotus, qualified eighth): "It was a reasonably good qualifying session.  In the morning practice the car felt good.  Then in the afternoon session the track conditions changed because of the different tire rubber used by the support series, so it was difficult to judge which direction to go with the setup.  For qualifying the track conditions were more like this morning and the car felt secure.  I was a little disappointed because the car felt 'draggy' so hopefully we can make some improvements for the race tomorrow." 
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Guidepoint Systems Team Penske, qualified ninth): "I was very surprised by how fast the Guidepoint Systems car was during that qualifying run. Those were the best laps we have turned all weekend. We were so fast that we hit the limiter at both ends of the straights. Our car is actually better in race trim than qualifying trim, so we should be good tomorrow."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog Flex Pen, qualified 10th): "I'm pretty happy to get two top-10 starting positions in a row. The No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car has been quick since we unloaded at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and it was nice to get a decent amount of practice time in on Thursday and get up to speed. Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing was quick in Milwaukee and it feels really good to come back to another short, one-mile oval without a lot of banking. I think the we'll have a really good race car tomorrow."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central): "I'm disappointed and really frustrated for the whole Service Central team. The No. 38 Service Central car has dominated all weekend and we never expected our car to snap like that in qualifying. I never imagined that would happen. It tried to bite me, but we're just lucky we brought it back in one piece. That type of snap is normally one that you don't catch, so we're pretty fortunate."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing): "I tried a little harder on the final lap but the car didn't take it. It was worth it on the first lap but I had to get out of it on the second lap. But that is our philosophy now, we're going for it. We've been conservative up to now but now is the time to risk more. [Meira  had to get all the way out of the throttle in turns 3 and 4 -- to the point where he had to downshift, costing him 3 or 4 tenths according to engineer Jeff Britton.] As for the race, I know we've improved the tire wear on the car but we'll know more after final practice tomorrow."

ED CARPENTER (No. 67 Service Central Sarah Fisher Racing): "This was a really tough afternoon. With the way that our first and second practice sessions went today it made it hard to go qualify. The Dollar General guys worked really hard to make the car a lot better for qualifying, and although we still would have been liked to have been quicker, we're at least back in the hunt where we can move forward. I think the changes that we made for qualifying are going to be beneficial for the race tomorrow."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team All Natural Snapple): "Not happy with the qualifying results today - we're just really struggling for grip out there with the Snapple car so we didn't have the speed we needed. It'll make things tougher on Sunday but we'll do our best to make our way up through the field. We've come from the back before and we'll fight to do it again.

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske): "Our qualifying run was OK today in the Verizon car. We were at a bit of a disadvantage going out first for qualifying because the track was dusty and there was still some rubber from the other series on the surface. But the car was pretty good - we had a little push in it but we made some major changes since practice on Thursday and it is much better. We'll be ready to go when we line up for the race tomorrow."

MIKE CONWAY (No.  27 @FollowAndretti): "We didn't run the afternoon practice because we thought the track would be off due to the stock car rubber.  And that proved to be the case.  Our qualifying run wasn't bad since we went out early (2nd).  The car didn't feel too bad. I was hoping for a little better speed.  If we could be in the top 12 or so, we would be okay.  And we are 12th.  Ryan (Hunter Reay) had a good run with his car (5th).  There seems to be a fine line with the groove.  You have to hit your marks just right.  If you don't, you can lose a lot of time.  It will be interesting to pass in the race.  Right now, there is one groove.  You will see some people make mistakes in the race and the groove will widen.  You could see side-by-side racing then."

E.J. VISO (No. 59 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "I am not happy.  We know we had a good setup, my two teammates proved that. But for some reason we haven't been able to do the same with our car.  It was just very difficult to drive in qualifying.  I had huge understeer that prevented me from going faster.  Tomorrow is another day and the race is going to be one of the most difficult of the season, so we will now focus on making the car good for the race."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy): "This afternoon's track conditions were so different from one session to the next, so it was difficult to know exactly how the car would respond to our setups. My second qualifying lap was the fastest lap of the weekend for the car. Unfortunately my first lap could have been fast as well, but I got a big push out of four and had to downshift on the exit, so the lap was compromised. Come race day, it will be hard to know what the track conditions will be like, so we'll make the best of it."

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing): "In the end we qualified around where we've been for most of this weekend so far. I don't think it's a bad place to be and it ultimately gets us more towards the front than towards the back and that's a necessity around these types of tracks. I think I just worked the National Guard car a little bit out of where it needed to be for the first lap and then got it back for the second lap - I just didn't have the momentum to really stick it in."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 22 MoveThatBlock.Com/DRR): "We got pretty lost after that second practice session today, but we found our way again. We made a lot of changes to the car and I'm happy with what we ended up with. Also, we went out in the beginning when the track was not as good. I just have to thank the team. It was a good job. We qualified where we qualified and I think it was up to track conditions and I look forward to a good racecar tomorrow."

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 24 Team Ipiranga/DRR): "The car in qualifying was the best that we've had all weekend. It's a shame that we couldn't have that feeling earlier so that I had more confidence to attack more in qualifying. I think that's maybe why the difference from my first lap to my second was so big. My second lap was competitive. We'll see. I'm confident now that I had a good car in qualifying. We need to keep working hard and have a great race tomorrow."



Car Driver Warm-up Lap 1 Lap 2 AVG Diff.
1 10 Dario Franchitti 167.849 170.827 170.859 170.843 --.----
2 2 Oriol Servia 166.250 169.754 169.909 169.831 0.2573
3 82 Tony Kanaan 167.076 169.720 169.676 169.698 0.2914
4 06 James Hinchcliffe 168.939 169.674 169.506 169.590 0.3192
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167.342 169.670 169.470 169.570 0.3243
6 6 Ryan Briscoe 167.696 169.283 169.619 169.451 0.3548
7 9 Scott Dixon 168.357 169.099 169.130 169.114 0.4415
8 5 Takuma Sato 167.300 169.110 168.978 169.044 0.4597
9 3 Helio Castroneves 166.125 168.682 169.091 168.886 0.5005
10 83 Charlie Kimball 166.008 168.119 168.750 168.434 0.6179
11 4 JR Hildebrand 166.801 167.533 168.563 168.047 0.7188
12 27 Mike Conway 165.975 167.817 167.888 167.852 0.7696
13 12 Will Power 163.528 166.338 167.691 167.011 0.9910
14 18 Alex Lloyd 164.614 166.353 167.405 166.877 1.0266
15 7 Danica Patrick 164.095 166.374 167.297 166.834 1.0380
16 77 Alex Tagliani 161.343 166.592 167.027 166.809 1.0445
17 59 EJ Viso 163.560 166.193 166.880 166.536 1.1172
18 22 Tomas Scheckter 164.184 166.307 166.455 166.381 1.1585
19 14 Vitor Meira 163.600 166.776 165.734 166.253 1.1925
20 18 James Jakes 161.995 165.134 165.396 165.265 1.4580
21 24 Ana Beatriz 159.532 163.412 166.534 164.958 1.5411
22 26 Marco Andretti 162.956 164.406 165.039 164.722 1.6051
23 38 Graham Rahal 167.914 162.423 165.234 163.816 1.8529
24 34 Sebastian Saavedra 159.026 162.220 162.351 162.285 2.2779
25 67 Ed Carpenter 158.554 161.007 162.468 161.734 2.4328
26 78 Simona de Silvestro 152.512 156.559 158.326 157.437 3.6782

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