Dixon Detroit Pole Winner
June 2, 2012 | 1:25 P.M. EST
Dixon recorded a lap of 1 minute, 10.3162 seconds - a qualifying record for the 2.07-mile, 14-turn street circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)
Scott Dixon has back-to-back pole starts at Belle Isle. They've just been separated by four years.
Dixon recorded a lap of 1 minute, 10.3162 seconds -- a qualifying record for the 2.07-mile, 14-turn street circuit layout -- in the final 30 seconds of the Firestone Fast Six shootout to earn the pole award for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 3.
He beat Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, by 0.0044 of a second.
"That's all it takes," said Dixon, who recorded his 18th career pole (he has at least one in six consecutive seasons) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car. "It was a team effort; we really struggled off the truck (in practice June 1). It's such a tough track, physically demanding and a tough place to pass."
Power, making his third front-row start in six IZOD IndyCar Series races, and Dixon traded the top spot twice in the final 1:30. Power had a best lap of 1:10.3206.
Alex Tagliani, making his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six since Sonoma in 2010, provided Team Barracuda-BHA its best start of the season and will share Row 2 with Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports, who tied his season high. E.J. Viso, who last participated in the Firestone Fast Six in 2011 at Edmonton, will be on Row 3 in the No. 5 CITGO/PDVSA KV Racing Technology car with Ryan Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport.
James Hinchcliffe, who qualified for the Firestone Fast Six in the previous four street/road course events, qualified 14th after the left-rear tire of the No. 27 GoDaddy.com car tagged the concrete barrier in Turn 14 in Round 1.
Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti qualified 15th.
"We didn't really have the session we wanted," Franchitti said. "We kept getting behind Ed Carpenter and even on his slower laps he was getting in our way. I think if you're going that slow you should be looking in your mirrors. It's tough to find a gap as it is but that just ruined our session. We have a good Suave car and the guys made some great changes this morning so I hope we get to show it tomorrow."