Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pole Day

For the first time in three years, the race car drivers are running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for Pole Day. The weather at the track is great with clear skies and 80 degree temperatures. The drivers are through the first round of runs, and now they're going back to practice mode to work out the kinks and prepare for another run at the pole.

Andretti-Green racer Dario Franchitti is currently in the pole position with an average speed of 225.191 mph. It remains to be seen if Franchitti will hold the top spot, considering five other drivers have driven faster during practice sessions today than his fastest lap speed in the qualifying run. Penske racing drivers Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. both pulled off the line before entering the track, so they still have yet to take a green flag. Yesterday, Scott Dixon broke the 227 mph mark. Dixon is holding the fourth spot at the moment.

Danica Patrick qualified in the third spot on her first run but was bumped down to fifth after teammates Franchitti and Tony Kannan qualified in the first and second spots, respectively. Other driver to look out for are Ryan Briscoe in the third position and Dan Wheldon, currently in sixth.


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