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Toronto: Qualifying times (1)

Dario Franchitti will start the first race of the Honda Indy Toronto double header from pole position after topping Friday afternoon qualifying.
Apparently rejuvenated by his first podium finish of the year last week at Pocono, Dario Franchitti was in awesome form as he swept all three rounds of qualifying for this weekend's first race of the Honda Indy Toronto double header.

"I'm just delighted for the Target crew to get the pole," said Franchitti, earned his first CART career pole at Toronto in 1997. "We've had a tough stretch and it just feels good to come back and get the pole."

He topped his first round group and then went on to pace the Top 12 round 12, before going on to set the fastest time of anyone on Friday on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in downtown Toronto. His lap of 59.6756s (105.872mph) was 0.0945s faster than that of Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais, the Frenchman celebrating his first 2013 appearance in the Firestone Fast Six with a front row on the grid for tomorrow's race, which will commence with a standing start.

The practice pacesetter Ryan Hunter-Reay failed to make it into the final round of qualifying, falling just short in round 2. That meant none of the four Andretti Autosport cars made it into the pole shoot-out, in stark contrast to last week's 1-2-3 starting grid lock-out at Pocono. However, Hunter-Reay starts sixth after James Jakes took a ten-place grid penalty for an unapproved engine change.

Hunter-Reay was denied a final flying lap chance by the only major incident in qualifying which saw Takuma Sato hit the tyres in turn 1 with a minute to go in round 2 to bring out the red flags. He lost his two fastest laps as a result, and will start from 12th place on the grid

Qualifying for Race 1 took the usual format for road and street course races in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with the field split into two groups for Round 1. The top six from each group combined to run in Round 2, and the fastest half dozen cars in that round went on to compete for pole position in the Firestone Fast Six. Qualifying for Race 2 will take place in a split half-hour session on Saturday morning and will be comprised of the best single lap pace each driver sets in their 12-minute session.

Round 1 - Group 1

1. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 104.989mph 1:00.1779s (7 laps)
2. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 104.962mph 1:00.1932s + 0.0153s (4 laps)
3. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 104.827mph 1:00.2706s + 0.0927s (7 laps)
4. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 104.725mph 1:00.3294s + 0.1515s (7 laps)
5. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 104.719mph 1:00.3331s + 0.1552s (8 laps)
6. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 104.679mph 1:00.3558s + 0.1779s (7 laps)
7. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 104.550mph 1:00.4303s + 0.2524s (7 laps)
8. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 104.506mph 1:00.4556s + 0.2777s (8 laps)
9. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 104.501mph 1:00.4586s + 0.2807s (7 laps)
10. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 104.288mph 1:00.5822s + 0.4043s (8 laps)
11. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) 103.735mph 1:00.9053s + 0.7274s (6 laps)
12. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) 103.173mph 1:01.2367s + 1.0588s (9 laps)

Total laps: 85

Round 1 - Group 2

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.263mph 1:00.0210s (8 laps)
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 104.895mph 1:00.2319s + 0.2109s (8 laps)
3. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 104.836mph 1:00.2657s + 0.2447s (7 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 104.745mph 1:00.3178s + 0.2968s (7 laps)
5. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) 104.575mph 1:00.4159s + 0.3949s (8 laps)
6. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 104.556mph 1:00.4272s + 0.4062s (7 laps)
7. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 104.415mph 1:00.5083s + 0.4873s (8 laps)
8. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 104.160mph 1:00.6569s + 0.6359s (8 laps)
9. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 104.108mph 1:00.6868s + 0.6658s (9 laps)
10. #18 Mike Conway Dale Coyne (H) 103.654mph 1:00.9526s + 0.9316s (7 laps)
11. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C) 103.311mph 1:01.1553s + 1.1343s (5 laps)
12. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) 103.077mph 1:01.2939s + 1.2729s (8 laps)

Total laps: 90

Round 2 - Top 12

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.709mph 59.7680s (6 laps)
2. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 105.588mph 59.8364s + 0.0684s (3 laps)
3. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 105.347mph 59.9730s + 0.2050s (6 laps)
4. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 105.044mph 1:00.1462s + 0.3782s (7 laps)
5. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 105.018mph 1:00.1610s + 0.3930s (6 laps)
6. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 105.017mph 1:00.1617s + 0.3937s (7 laps)
7. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 104.958mph 1:00.1954s + 0.4274s (6 laps)
8. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 104.799mph 1:00.2866s + 0.5186s (7 laps)
9. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 104.784mph 1:00.2954s + 0.5274s (4 laps)
10. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) 104.630mph 1:00.3843s + 0.6163s (7 laps)
11. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 104.253mph 1:00.6027s + 0.8347s (7 laps)
12. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 101.277mph 1:02.3831s + 2.6151s (5 laps)

Total laps: 71

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.872mph 59.6756s (8 laps)
2. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 105.705mph 59.7701s + 0.0945s (6 laps)
3. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 105.193mph 1:00.0612s + 0.3856s (5 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 105.093mph 1:00.1179s + 0.4423s (4 laps)
5. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 105.050mph 1:00.1430s + 0.4674s (6 laps)
6. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 104.737mph 1:00.3228s + 0.6472s (8 laps)

Total laps: 37

Race 1 starting grid

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.872mph 59.6756s - Firestone Fast Six
2. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) + 0.0945s - Firestone Fast Six
3. #12 Will Power Penske (C) + 0.3856s - Firestone Fast Six
4. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) + 0.4423s - Firestone Fast Six
5. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) + 0.6472s - Firestone Fast Six
6. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) - Round 2
7. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) - Round 2
8. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) - Round 2
9. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) - Round 2
10. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) - Round 2
11. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) - Round 2
12. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) - Round 1, Group 1
13. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) - Round 1, Group 2
14. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) - Round 1, Group 1
15. #16 James Jakes * RLL (H) - Firestone Fast Six
16. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) - Round 1, Group 2
17. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) - Round 1, Group 1
18. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) - Round 1, Group 2
19. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) - Round 1, Group 1
20. #18 Mike Conway Dale Coyne (H) - Round 1, Group 2
21. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) - Round 1, Group 1
22. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C) - Round 1, Group 2
23. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) - Round 1, Group 1
24. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) - Round 1, Group 2

* denotes penalised 10 spots for unapproved engine change



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Sebastien Bourdais in action in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais in action in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti in action in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti in action in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato runs into the tyre wall in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti ready for action in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti celebrates pole for race 1 in Toronto - Friday, July 12 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on the pit wall at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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