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Toronto: Qualifying times (1)

12 July 2013

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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