Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tagliani Takes the Pole at IMS

Simona De Silvestro, who suffered burns to her hands in a crash 48 hours earlier, is in. So are three rookies, led by JR Hildebrand, and 49-year-old Davey Hamilton, reports the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

All four KV Racing Technology-Lotus cars are in, while four of the five Andretti Autosport cars are temporarily out. Helio Castroneves, who started from the pole the past two years and had the quickest time on "Fast Friday," will start 16th -- his lowest in 11 starts.

And to cap a wild Pole Day for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, Alex Tagliani earned the Pole in a winner-take-all "Fast Nine" segment -- in which seven different IZOD IndyCar Series teams were represented.

Twenty-four starting positions were filled on the first day of qualifications, and the remaining nine will be determined on Bump Day, says the IMS.

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