Dario Franchitti claimed his 27th career pole

Reigning IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti has comfortably won pole position for this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest championship event at the historic Milwaukee Mile.

It is the Scot’s 27th career pole position, tying him with Al Unser for seventh place on the list of all-time pole position winners in the championship’s history.

Franchitti was as surprised as anyone to have claimed top spot, after posting a lowly 18th-fastest effort in the preceding practice session around the one-mile oval circuit, but he put it all together in the afternoon’s qualifying session with a two-lap average speed of 168.737mph.

Second-fastest in the qualifying session was last weekend’s Texas race-winner, Justin Wilson, who took his Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing entry around the circuit just under half a mile slower than Franchitti.

But Wilson won’t be taking the front-row starting position, having earlier been one of six drivers to be issued with a ten-place grid penalty for an unscheduled engine change.

Also joining Wilson down the grid order are championship leaders Will Power and Scott Dixon, along with Takuma Sato, Josef Newgarden, and Ryan Briscoe.

Wilson’s penalty means that Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) will start from the outside of the front row, marking his best starting position on an oval since his days in the CART championship.

The penalties are great news for Franchitti, currently lying 63 points adrift of championship leader Power, who will be now starting from the seventh row of the grid.

Rubens Barrichello qualified an impressive fifth-fastest in his KV Racing entry, but will be promoted to third following the penalties of Wilson and Power (who was fourth-quickest).

2012 IndyCar Series Texas Firestone 550 Final Qualifying Results:

  Driver Entrant Result
1. Dario Franchitti GBR Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 168.737mph
2. Justin Wilson* GBR Dale Coyne Racing Honda 168.287mph
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay USA Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 167.911mph
4. Will Power* AUS Team Penske Chevrolet 167.361mph
5. Rubens Barrichello BRA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 166.899mph
6. Hélio Castroneves BRA Team Penske Chevrolet 166.763mph
7. Josef Newgarden* USA Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 166.699mph
8. EJ Viso VEN KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 166.066mph
9. Ryan Briscoe* AUS Team Penske Chevrolet 166.031mph
10. Tony Kanaan BRA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 165.915mph
11. Scott Dixon* NZL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 165.726mph
12. Simon Pagenaud FRA Schmidt Hamilton Honda 165.369mph
13. James Hinchcliffe CAN Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 165.312mph
14. Takuma Sato* JPN Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 165.285mph
15. Marco Andretti USA Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 164.893mph
16. JR Hildebrand USA Panther Racing Chevrolet 164.321mph
17. Graham Rahal USA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 161.198mph
18. Alex Tagliani CAN Bryan Herta Autosports Honda 163.866mph
19. Katherine Legge GBR Dragon Racing Chevrolet 163.516mph
20. James Jakes GBR Dale Coyne Racing Honda 162.020mph
21. Charlie Kimball USA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 161.079mph
22. Oriol Servià ESP Panther / Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet 160.375mph
23. Ed Carpenter USA Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 160.308mph
24. Simona de Silvestro SUI Lotus-HVM Racing Lotus 160.115mph
25. Mike Conway GBR AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda 159.794mph

* Denotes 10-place grid penalty to be imposed

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