Dario Franchitti took his third Verizon P1 Award of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season on Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto, around the 1.765-mile Exhibition Place street circuit.
Franchitti, back in a normal red Target livery adorning his No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, lapped the track in 59.6756 seconds – one of two drivers to lap under one minute in the session.
Sebastien Bourdais registered his best starting position since his return to IndyCar in 2011, second in the No. 7 TrueCar/McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrlet, at a lap of 59.7701.
Will Power (Team Penske) and Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology – SH) are next up ahead of James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) and Scott Dixon (Ganassi). Jakes will take a 10-position grid penalty for an unapproved engine change after Pocono.
Beyond the top six, the big surprise of qualifying was that no Andretti Autosport cars advanced to the Firestone Fast Six for the first time in 2013. The first three races of the year, only one of the four cars made it into the Fast Six.
Once Q2 was complete, the two remaining Andretti cars were knocked out with Ryan Hunter-Reay in seventh and Marco Andretti 11th. Takuma Sato lost his two fastest laps when he caused a red flag for nosing into the Turn 1 barriers.
Both Canadians, James Hinchcliffe (14th) and Alex Tagliani (17th) failed to advance out of Q1. Other notables who missed out include both Detroit race winners, Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud, youngsters Josef Newgarden and Tristan Vautier, who were both in the top five in practice, 2012 Toronto runner-up Charlie Kimball and Andretti’s fourth car E.J. Viso, who posted a string of six straight top-five starts from Brazil through Milwaukee.
Race one of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader begins with live coverage Saturday on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET, and will also be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.
IZOD IndyCar Series – Hondy Indy Toronto Race 1
Starting Lineup with Starting Tire Choice
10-Dario Franchitti (Alternate)
7-Sebastien Bourdais (Primary)
12-Will Power (Alternate)
11-Tony Kanaan (Alternate)
9-Scott Dixon (Alternate)
1-Ryan Hunter-Reay (Alternate)
3-Helio Castroneves (Alternate)
19-Justin Wilson (Primary)
4-Ryan Briscoe (Alternate)
25-Marco Andretti (Alternate)
14-Takuma Sato (Primary)
77-Simon Pagenaud (Alternate)
27-James Hinchcliffe (Primary)
5-E.J. Viso (Primary)
16-James Jakes* (Alternate)
83-Charlie Kimball (Primary)
98-Alex Tagliani (Alternate)
15-Graham Rahal (Alternate)
67-Josef Newgarden (Alternate)
18-Mike Conway (Primary)
55-Tristan Vautier (R) (Alternate)
78-Simona de Silvestro (Alternate)
20-Ed Carpenter (Alternate)
6-Sebastian Saavedra (Primary)
*Denotes 10-spot grid penalty for unapproved engine change