Team Target On Kansas Front Row
July 5, 2003 | 2:30 P.M. EST
Today’s pole marks the fourth front row starting position for Scott Dixon this season and the sixth time he’s been in the top-four in the last seven events. Dixon now has three poles, a second, a third, a fourth and a sixth in his last seven IndyCar starts.
Scheckter and Dixon were the two fastest drivers, respectively, in the two practice sessions Friday and pre-qualifying practice this morning, but Dixon edged his teammate with a lap of 25.0911 seconds, 218.085 mph in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone. 2002 Indianapolis 500 Bank One co-Rookie of the Year Scheckter was second at 25.1134, 217.892 mph in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone.
"The team’s done a great job," Dixon said. "This week, going into qualifying, we pretty much knew it was going to be between one of us.
"I actually thought Tomas was going to get it. He’s been fast all weekend. I’m not sure what happened there; we just ended up getting him. As I said, I think a lot of the credit goes to the team."
Tora Takagi qualified third on the 1.5-mile Kansas oval at 25.1542, 217.538 in the No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone, giving that equipment package a sweep of the top three spots. Toyota-powered cars captured the top seven spots in the qualifying order.
2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran was fourth at 25.3504, 215.855 in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. De Ferran and teammate Helio Castroneves will combine to make the record 1,000th Indy-style start for Penske Racing on Sunday.
2001 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone qualified fifth at 25.3689, 215.697 in the No. 21T Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone. Giaffone put in the strong effort despite just one qualifying lap, as Mo Nunn Racing pulled his primary car from the qualifying order due to an engine problem.
Series points leader Tony Kanaan qualified eighth at 25.3821, 215.585 in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
The Kansas Indy 300 is set to take the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET) tomorrow and will be televised live on ABC.