Briscoe Back On Chicagoland Pole
August 27, 2010 | 3:43 P.M. EST
Briscoe, who notched his third pole start of the season (all on 1.5-mile tracks), won the PEAK Performance Pole Award with a two-lap average of 216.346 mph (50.5857 seconds) for the 200-lap event.
"The car today was just spot on," Briscoe said. "I didn't want to be overconfident but I was thinking after that run, man, that's gotta be hard to beat. I knew we were fully trimmed out and the car felt really solid. It was a great qualifying run today and I'm just really hoping that we can follow through tomorrow and have another good race. We've been strong here the last couple of years and I really enjoy racing around here."
Dario Franchitti recorded his 10th consecutive top-five start with an average of 215.593 mph to claim the outside front row starting spot in the No. 10 Breathe Right car.
Will Power, entering the race with a 59-point cushion over Franchitti, recorded an average of 215.521 mph and will join Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves (215.475) on the second row. Marco Andretti will start fifth (215.321 mph) in the No. 26 Team Venom Energy entry for Andretti Autosport.
Danica Patrick (214.750) was the highest qualifier of the record-tying five females in the field (12th in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com car for Andretti Autosport). The 29-car field is separated by one second.
Graham Rahal starts a season-high sixth in the No. 02 Quick Trim car (215.314) for Newman/Haas Racing. Dan Wheldon recovered from the incident at Infineon Raceway earlier in the week for a season-best seventh starting position (215.099). He'll join him Hideki Mutoh, driver of the No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic car for Newman/Haas Racing (215.055) on Row 4.
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay (214.979) and Takuma Sato (214.945) of KV Racing Technology will be on the fifth row. Ed Carpenter, competing in his second race for Panther Racing/Vision Racing, will start 11th (214.831).