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Franchitti holds on for Milwaukee pole

Hinchcliffe meanwhile was more relieved with his qualifying showing after a less than straightforward day or it. "We didn't roll off this morning with a great car, but we've been working away at it and we definitely have it better now than it was this morning," he said.

"I'm pleased with how it went, I just wish we would've had more of a head start on that going in," he added. "The first lap would've been stronger if I had known then what I know now, and did what I did on the second lap. It's alright as long as we have a good race car, then we'll be able to move up quickly in the race."

Marco Andretti and JR Hildebrand round out the top ten, with Graham Rahal lining up in 11th place for the start ahead of the first of those cars to have been hit by a grid penalty, Justin Wilson in 12th.

Wilson's Dale Coyne team mate James Jakes had featured strongly in practice but performed poorly in qualifying, finishing in 20th position in the timings but subsequently boosted to 16th on the grid by all those penalties.

"Our qualifying position is disappointing because we had a really good car," admitted the Leeds-born driver. "Practices were great. I wish would could have had another run for qualifying but right now I'm just looking ahead to tomorrow and bringing the Boy Scouts of America Honda back up front."

Oriol Servia also had a surprisingly poor time of it in qualifying, which he admitted the Panther/DRR team needed to look into overnight. "For some reason this morning we didn't get the setup right, or there is something wrong with the car that we aren't understanding. In qualifying, the car felt its best, it was just very slow," he said.

Britain's Mike Conway was the slowest man in qualifying as well as having one of the starting grid penalties, and will therefore start the AJ Foyt Racing car from dead last.

"It's a pretty tough little place," he said of the Milwaukee Mile short oval. "It's not easy to go flat all the way around. The car's pretty on edge if you try to get a fast lap but we'll see what it's like."

The race is due to start at noon local time, 6pm BST and is shown live in the UK on Sky Sports.

Full qualifying times as well as times from the earlier practice 1 and practice 2 sessions are available.

Starting grid

1. #10 Dario Franchitti (H)
2. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C)
3. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C)
4. #3 Helio Castroneves (C)
5. #5 EJ Viso (C)
6. #11 Tony Kanaan (C)
7. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H)
8. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C)
9. #26 Marco Andretti (C)
10. #4 JR Hildebrand (C)
11. #38 Graham Rahal (H)
12. #18 Justin Wilson (H) *
13. #98 Alex Tagliani (H)
14. #12 Will Power (C) *
15. #6 Katherine Legge (C)
16. #19 James Jakes (H)
17. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) *
18. #83 Charlie Kimball (H)
19. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) *
20. #22 Oriol Servia (C)
21. #9 Scott Dixon (H) *
22. #20 Ed Carpenter (C)
23. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L)
24. #15 Takuma Sato (H) *
25. #14 Mike Conway (H) *

* denotes ten-place grid penalty applied
(H)=Honda, (C)=Chevrolet, (L)=Lotus

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Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti watch Danica Patrick practice from the pit wall at the Milwaukee Mile - June 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dario Franchitti celebrates in victory lane after winning the Milwaukee 225 in June 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dario Franchitti in unfamiliar colours at the Milwaukee Mile during practice in June 2011. [Picture credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
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impressive - Unregistered

June 16, 2012 8:43 AM

Good to see Rubens starting to settle in. Wasnt really a fan of his but awesome to see that he hasnt just retired and is out there racing in a pretty challenging series.

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