Ganassi Sweeps Qualifying
July 26, 2003 | 3:57 A.M. EST
Today’s pole position (32.3657 seconds, 222.458 mph) is the second of the season for Tomas Scheckter (Texas was the other). It’s Scheckter’s third front-row start this season as he sat on the outside of the front row at Kansas.
"We definitely work together," said Scheckter about his teammate Dixon. "I think we have a good working relationship where I respect him, and he respects me. I'm completely honest if I find something out. If I don't win a race, I certainly want Scott to, and if there is anything I can say to help him, then I will say it. That is why we can elevate both of our performances."
Helio Castroneves qualified third in the Marlboro/Team Penske entry.
Sam Hornish Jr. qualified the new Gen IV Chevy Indy V8 fourth on the starting grid for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Hornish, the fastest driver in Friday's combined practice sessions, will start the Pennzoil Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara on the outside of the second row after his 221.837 mph qualifying lap on the 2-mile oval.
"We're excited about qualifying in the top five on a superspeedway, which is something we haven't done this year," said Hornish, the only driver testing the new Chevy powerplant under race conditions this weekend. "Everything is going very smooth so far. We'll put our race motor in for the final practice this afternoon and then see what it does tomorrow in the race."
The Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway will take the geen flag, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. (ET), and will be televised on ABC.