Kanaan clinches pole position in Las Vegas
15 October 2011 – Backing up his pace of final practice, Tony Kanaan has grabbed his first IndyCar pole position for KV Racing ahead of Sunday’s 2011 finale in Las Vegas. The Brazilian was just three thousandths quicker than Oriol Servia, with championship contenders Will Power and Dario Franchitti locked together in lowly 17th and 18th positions.
The magic number for Kanaan was 50.058, with the Brazilian naturally delighted as Newman/Haas and Servia narrowly lost out. Sarah Fisher’s Ed Carpenter and Alex Tagliani of Herta Autosport will set off from third and fourth places, with Ryan Briscoe the leading Penske in fifth. Andretti Autosport machines fill four slots between sixth and tenth, sandwiching eighth-placed Graham Rahal of Ganassi.
The title showdown promises to be highly dramatic, with both Power and Franchitti out of position and poised to be surrounded by rivals at the start on Sunday. James Jakes was out of action following his heavy crash of earlier today, with E.J. Viso also absent as a penalty for his engine change on Thursday.
Dan Wheldon was 28th quickest of the 34 cars, but starts last with the challenge of winning Sunday’s race in order to nab a cool five million dollars (£3.2m).
Sunday’s warm-up session will be staged at 11am local time, with the 2011 IndyCar finale in Las Vegas following from 2:45pm local time (BST -6)