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HDT05
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Posted - 03 Jun 2012 :  22:34:19  Show Profile Send HDT05 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
May 31 - Jun 03
3:30 PM ET
Chevrolet Detroit Belle


DETROIT -- Scott Dixon has back-to-back pole starts at Belle Isle. They've just  been separated by four years.

Dixon recorded a lap of 1 minute, 10.3162 seconds -- a qualifying record for the 2.07-mile, 14-turn street circuit layout -- in the final 30 seconds of the Firestone Fast Six to earn the pole award for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

He pipped Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, by 0.0044 of a second.

"That's all it takes," said Dixon, who recorded his 18th career pole (he has at least one in six consecutive seasons) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car. "This has really been a team effort; we struggled coming off the truck (for practice June 1) and we worked hard to get up to P1.

"I am really happy about starting up front because this is such a tough track and physically demanding on the drivers. The track is bumpy and the best place to pass is on the straights, so staring up front is very important."

Click it: Qualifying results

The 90-lap race will be televised by ABC at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Six different teams were represented in the Firestone Fast Six.

Power, making his third front-row start in six IZOD IndyCar Series races, and Dixon traded the top spot twice in the final 1:30. Power had a best lap of 1:10.3206.

"You’ve just got to be smart, see how things play out," Power said of the race. "I just race the way I race, which is to win, so that means not trying to do anything stupid."

Alex Tagliani, making his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six since Sonoma in 2010, provided Team Barracuda-BHA its best start of the season and will share Row 2 with Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports, who tied his season high.

"I think (this first IZOD IndyCar Series season) has been a nice surprise to me as well and the team," said Pagenaud, who co-drove to third place in the 2008 American Le Mans Series race. "The car is running really well, I enjoy driving it, and we made it suit my driving style straight away. We’ve been consistent."

E.J. Viso, who last participated in the Firestone Fast Six in 2011 at Edmonton, will be on Row 3 in the No. 5 CITGO/PDVSA KV Racing Technology car with Ryan Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport.

Graham Rahal was 0.0036 of a second behind Hunter-Reay to qualify for the Firestone Fast Six. He'll incur a 10-position grid penalty for an unaspproved engine change during practice May 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and start 17th in the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car. Simona de Silvestro also was penalized for an unapproved engine change at Indy and will start 25th.

James Hinchcliffe, who qualified for the Firestone Fast Six in the previous four street/road course events, qualified 14th after the left-rear tire of the No. 27 GoDaddy.com car tagged the concrete barrier in Turn 14 in Round 1. Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti qualified 15th.

"We didn't really have the session we wanted," said Franchitti, who started 16th at Indianapolis. "We have a good Suave car and the guys made some great changes this morning so I hope we get to show it (June 3)."

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/06-June/6-2-Pole-day-at-Belle-Isle


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Good to see Will Power still up there. Hope he can bounce back after the misfortune of the Indy 500.



























































































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Not a lot of Action at the moment. Track cant handle it
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Well done to Dixon. A bit of a shame that Ganassi appears to have found form. Next three races are ovals, so the championship lead could change.



























































































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Bad hit in the points for Hinchtown
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As an Aussie currently living in Detroit I am really sad for the world to see the city in this light. I hope that IndyCar come out with some kind of explaination as to why the track was left the way it was. I was at the event Saturday and Sunday the venue was in amazing condition from where it was 12 months ago and in relation to the rest of downtown Detroit.

Roads within the track had been resurfaced with asphault and the pits was all brand new concrete, so why the cracks in the track were only filled with rubber I can only imagine it was because they wanted to keep the track rough like its always been and just like the city itself but sadly it backfired. The super soft tyres were just to sticky and pull the filler straight out after the red flag I went down to the pits and Penske motorsport has a set of red super softs off one of there cars and even after cooling right now they were so tacky cant imagine how gummy they would be at full temp.

Hopefully next year the city of Detroit, Penske (who almost single handedly got the race back) and GM/Chev, show the world what its really about.

Another then the red flag the whole event for a city on the rebuild was amazing.
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