Hunter-Reay Earns Pole at Edmonton
July 21, 2012 | 5:00 P.M. EST
Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first pole of the season on Saturday. (Photo: Getty Images)
The series championship points leader, driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Dr Pepper car for Andretti Autosport, recorded a lap of 1 minute, 17.2338 seconds (103.664 mph) on the 2.224-mile, 13-turn City Centre Airport circuit in the Firestone Fast Six shootout to claim the pole for the Edmonton Indy.
It was the second earned Indy car pole for Hunter-Reay, whose last came in 2004. He'll incur a 10-grid spot penalty, however, the result of an unapproved change of the Chevrolet engine following his victory on the streets of Toronto two weeks ago.
"It was great we picked up a championship point for the pole, but too bad we will be starting 11th instead of first because of the engine change," Hunter-Reay said. "(The race) will be really interesting for everyone."
Dario Franchitti, who started from the pole in each of Hunter-Reay's victories, will share Row 1 with Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe. Franchitti, driving the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, was .0108 of a second off Hunter-Reay's pace in attempting to earn his 30th Indy car pole.