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Jan 8, 2013 7:54pm
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INDIANAPOLIS —Roger Penskes strategy beat Michael Andrettis team by inches
Saturday—9. Patrick Willis 49ers Jersey .168 inches to be
exact. In the closest pole duel in Indianapolis 500 history, Team Penske sent
points leader Will Power onto the track with two minutes left in the Pole Day
shootout—a shrewd move that prevented three Andretti drivers from taking one
last shot at the pole and preserving the No. 1 starting spot for Ryan Briscoe.
It was a remarkable finish on a wild afternoon. Briscoe was the surprise winner
with a four-lap average of 226.484 miles per hour. He completed the 10-mile
qualification run 0.0023 seconds quicker than Canadas James Hinchcliffe. The
previous record was set in 1970 when Al Unser edged Johnny Rutherford by 0.01
seconds over the four-lap qualifying run. “My name will go down forever for
something that I won here at the Indy 500,” Briscoe said after claiming his
first Indy pole after narrowly missing in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This one will go
straight into the record book. How close was the battle on Indys historic
2.5-mile oval? Everybody had an answer. When Hinchcliffe left the post-race news
conference, Briscoe held his fingers about an inch apart and explained it was
that close. Hinchcliffe knew better. “Its a gust of wind, its a shadow over a
part of the track,” the Oakville, Ont., native said before holding up his name
card and explaining that was the distance. “Im going to lose a little bit of
sleep at how small the margin was to Ryan.” Eventually a series spokesman came
in and blurted out the actual distance right down to the thousandth of an inch.
Nobody knows how to play this game better than Penske and he proved it again
Saturday. The iconic racing owner has won five of the last seven poles at Indy
and extended his own Indy record to 17 poles. Briscoe is the 11th driver to win
a pole for The Captain, and it comes one week before Penske celebrates the 40th
anniversary of his first career Indy win 1972. Hell get a shot at win No. 12
here May 27. As usual, Penske didnt rely on conventional wisdom. Penskes three
drivers—Briscoe, three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves and Power, the
points leader—spent most of this week just trying to crack the top 10 of the
speed charts. Some around Gasoline Alley thought the only IndyCar team to win a
pole or a race this season was sandbagging. Maybe it was. When Castroneves
arrived at the track Saturday morning, it didnt take him long to top 227 mph in
the early morning practice, and once qualifying began, it quickly became
apparent this would be a two-team race between Penskes drivers and the resurgent
Andretti team. Still, most thought the battle would be waged between Castroneves
and Marco Andretti, Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay or some combination of the four.
It turned out to be Hinchcliffe who created the most tension for Briscoe, who
started putting his gloves back on after Hinchcliffe ran a 227.009 warm-up lap.
When Hinchcliffes first qualifying attempt in the shootout ended just short,
Briscoe pumped his fists and started trading high-fives with crew members. The
scene played out about one hour later when the track was closed. “I dont know
how many times Ive been here and Ive been in both those seats before and the
next thing I know, Helio goes out and goes 1 mph quicker than everyone,” Briscoe
said. “Im just glad its my time.” Penske made sure of it. With only minutes left
in qualifying, Power took one final shot at earning his first Indy pole. He
wasnt quick enough to claim it, he stayed on the track long enough to protect
Briscoe. “Its just that sort of place,” Power said. “I think in 2010, Helio
punched out a megatime, I think 28.0. Where did that time come from, you know?”
This time, Briscoe turned the tables on his teammate and the rest of the Indy
field. And it was Andrettis team that made the big splash. After last Mays
debacle in which Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti nearly missed making the
race, Mike Conway failed to qualify and Ryan Hunter-Reay only got back into the
field by jumping into one of A.J. Foyts car, Andretti Autosport rebounded by
taking three of the top four starting spots and putting the most pressure on
Briscoe. “Theres three Andrettis in the top four, you tell me?” Hinchcliffe said
when asked if Michael Andrettis team is ready to make this championship a
three-team race. The replacement for Patrick in the Go Daddy car is starting
second, the middle of Row 1 with a qualifying speed of 226.481. Hunter-Reay will
start on the outside of Row 1 after going 226.240, and Andretti will start on
the inside of Row 2 with a speed of 225.456. Power and Castroneves close out Row
2. Rookie Josef Newgarden, from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, was the slowest of
the shootout qualifiers at 224.037 and will start seventh. Hes the highest
qualifying rookie since Danica Patrick was fourth in 2005. Alex Tagliani of
Lachenaie, Que., last years Indy 500 polesitter, qualified 11th. Tony Kanaan and
E.J. Viso took the green flag, and then pulled into the pits before completing a
full qualifying run during the shootout. “I know we arent the quickest right
now, but I really think we have the quickest car in the field,” said the first
Tennessee native to qualify for the 500. And after plenty of questions about
whether the new compressor covers would give Honda engines an advantage over
Chevrolet, Newgarden wound up as the only Honda in the first three rows. Fishers
other driver, rookie Bryan Clauson, crashed on his fourth qualifying lap and
didnt get another chance to qualify. Hes expected to take another shot Sunday
when the final nine spots in the 33-car field are filled. Clauson drew the ninth
spot in the qualifying line. There were some notable absences from the front of
the field, too. Team owner Chip Ganassi has won four straight IndyCar
championships, but failed to get any of his four cars into the shootout. In
fact, none of the cars even made a second attempt Saturday. “Were not where we
need to be to qualify for the pole,” two-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti said,
about 30 minutes before the first qualifying segment ended. “My situation with
the 50 car, were not even as quick as some of the other Honda runners. Theres a
bit of head scratching going on. Weve tried a lot of different things to make
it.” But the grand finale came down to Briscoe, the man once a target of
Patricks ire, and Hinchcliffe, who was trying to join Tagliani as the only
Canadians to win Indys pole. Briscoe won it—barely. “If we had to go, I was
ready to go,” said Briscoe, who was sitting in his car when qualifying ended. “I
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