Two Straight Poles For Tagliani
June 10, 2011 | 8:56 P.M. EST
Alex Tagliani's Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara-Honda is on the pole for the second straight race. (IZOD IndyCar Series Photo)
Alex Tagliani had a two-lap average speed of 215.186 mph on the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval to earn the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the Saturday night Firestone Twin 275s .
It's the second consecutive pole for Tagliani, driving the No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He started from the point in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 29 in the first oval race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Reigning series champion Dario Franchitti (214.801) will start second for the second consecutive year.
Will Power, who started from the pole in each of the four road/street courses, will start third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. He'll be joined in Row 2 by Takuma Sato, driver of the No. 5 KV Racing Technology-Lotus car who starts a career-high fourth on an oval. He was the final qualifier (214.470).
"It was a good run out there Verizon car," Power said. "I was flat and on the white line for both laps. We have some work to do tonight in practice to find a good race trim, but we should be good. We get two shots at it tomorrow and I'm definitely ready to race."
The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Firestone Twin 275s, a doubleheader of 114-lap races at 8:45 p.m. (ET) Saturday. The second race will follow approximately an hour after the first race concludes.