• Tagliani takes pole in shootout

    May 21, 2011 No comments

    Alex Tagliani won the Fast Nine Shootout to take the pole for the Centennial
    Running of the Indianapolis 500 to be run on May 29th.

    Tagliani was the last driver of the day and turned the fastest laps of the
    day to win the pole with a four lap average of 227.472. The speed was .518 of a
    MPH faster than his provisional pole speed of 226.954 set earlier in the


    Here are the results of the Fast Nine Shootout.

    # Driver Fast Nine Speed Original Qualification Speed Difference
    1.) 77 Alex Tagliani 227.472 226.954 0.518
    2.) 9 Scott Dixon 227.340 226.701 0.639
    3.) 2 Oriol Servia 227.168 225.775 1.393
    4.) 99 Townsend Bell 226.887 226.277 0.610
    5.) 12 Will Power 226.773 226.089 0.684
    6.) 98 Dan Wheldon 226.490 226.300 0.190
    7.) 44 Buddy Rice 225.786 225.746 0.040
    8.) 67 Ed Carpenter 225.121 226.171 -1.050
    9.) 10 Dario Frachitti No Run 226.379


    The shootout was not without a bit of drama as both of the Ganassi cars run
    by Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti ran out of gas during their shootout
    attempts. Dixon’s car ran out of gas while coming out of turn four after he
    finished his run and had to be pushed to tech. Franchitti on the other hand was
    in the middle of a run that saw the first three laps over 227 but his car ran
    out of gas on the final lap in the same spot as Dixon’s. Team owner Chip Ganassi
    acknowledged that they had made a racing decision to make the cars as light as
    possible for the pole run. A visibly distraught Franchitti exited his car
    immediately after it was pushed to a stop and walked away without removing his


    Even though Franchitti did not finish his shootout run, he will start the
    Indianapolis 500 from the outside of row three with his earlier qualifying
    attempt of 226.379.

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