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Franchitti on Richmond pole.

Dario Franchitti's run of short track form continued into Richmond as, having won six days earlier at Iowa Speedway, the Scot claimed the PEAK Performance Pole Award for Saturday night's SunTrust indy Challenge.

Driving the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, Franchitti recorded a four-lap average of 167.315mph around the 0.75-mile oval, to reprise his 2007 championship year pole that came courtesy of driver points after qualifying was rained out. That weekend, the Scot led 262 laps and won the SunTrust Indy Challenge....

"I enjoy the short tracks," the Scot smiled, "We started on pole here in '07, but that was based on points, so I actually had to earn it today. The Target car was fast, and 'Dixie' and I are both starting up front, so it's a good day for Team Target.

"I enjoy the technique of racing on short ovals, the way you have to set the car up. Things come at you quick here. It's a really fun discipline of our series and I really enjoy it."

Ganassi team-mate Scott 'Dixie' Dixon will join Franchitti on the front row - second being, somewhat incredibly, the Kiwi's highest start of the season - as the Target team turned the tables on biggest rival Penske.

"After some changes in practice, for a couple of laps we were just trying to feel the car out, but it was really good and should have been closer to pole - if not on pole," Dixon admitted, "I kind of let that down. We have a good car for the race and it's fantastic with two cars on the front row, so hopefully we can keep it that way at the end."

Having been handed the front of the grid at Iowa by the appearance of 'weepers', Penske team-mates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe will share row two in Richmond.

"The #3 car was pretty good in practice this morning, especially in turns one and two, but unfortunately on my third qualifying lap, I had a huge moment," Castroneves reported, "I'll tell you, it may not look that bad on TV but, when you're in the car, it's pretty intense. This place is so fast, I am not sure how I was able to hold it together - I was just trying to finish the run safely, so I definitely lost some speed."

Team-mate Briscoe's fourth spot ended a run of four straight front row starts, but the Aussie remains confident for race day.




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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 captures the pole with the fastest lap Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four Penske Chevrolet`s were the fastest in qualifying and Chevrolet had the five fastest cars. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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