Dario Franchiti Continues Ganassi's Dominance with Earning Pole at New Hampshire

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 13, 2011

LOUDON, NH - AUGUST 13:  Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Nikon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda celebrates taking poll position during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 13, 2011 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Dario Franchitti claimed his second Peak Performance Pole Award of the season at New Hampshire today. 

Franchitti turned a two-lap average of 170.843 mph in the No. 10 Nikon Camera Honda. He was the only driver to top the 170-mph bracket.

Franchitti's only other pole of the season was in June at Milwaukee on a track similar to New Hampshire. Franchitti went on to win at that flat-mile oval, as well.

Spaniard Oriol Servia will start alongside Franchitti on the front row for his best start on the season. Servia turned a two-lap average at 169.831 mph in the No. 2 Telemundo Honda for Newman/Hass Racing.

Row two is row of two opposites. 

Starting third is veteran Tony Kanaan in the No. 82 Lotus Honda. Kanaan's two-lap average was 169.698 mph. 

Starting alongside Kanaan is rookie James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe is Oriol Servia's teammate at Newman/Hass, and the two will try and team up on the veterans early. Hinchcliffe had a car capable of winning last weekend, but two wrecks forced him to a 21st-place finish.

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Rounding out the top five on the grid is American Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay turned a two-lap average at 169.570 mph in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.

Franchitti's main threat for the points championship, Will Power, will start mid-pack, in the 13th spot. Power clocked in at 167.011 mph, and was the slowest of the three Penske drivers. The other two, Ryan Brisoce and Helio Castroneves will start sixth and ninth, respectively.

Last week's winner in Mid-Ohio and Ganassi teammate to Franchitti, Scott Dixon, will start seventh. 

The other two drivers in the Ganassi stable had good and bad qualifying attempts today. Graham Rahal will start in the back tomorrow at 23rd out of 27 drivers. The other driver in the stable, rookie Charlie Kimball, will start 10th for the second consecutive week. Kimball is really coming along strong the last couple of weeks.

Fan favorite Danica Patrick qualified 15th.

Tomorrow's Move That Block 225 will start at 3:30 pm ET on ABC.


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