Racing notebook: Franchitti on pole at heated Toronto
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Dario Franchitti won his third consecutive IndyCar pole Saturday. And Will Power has yet another feud going -- maybe two.
Welcome to Toronto, where defending champion Franchitti usually finds himself in the hunt, and the bumping starts and tempers flare long before the race begins.
Not long after Franchitti won the pole with a time of 59.351 seconds, Power already was sending a warning to anyone thinking about getting near him today on the track.
"This year someone takes me out, they're going to get a smack across the chops," said Power, who finished second in qualifying.
Power, referring to a year ago in Toronto where he was spun out twice, was partly joking. But it was evident this season's points leader was in no mood for fooling around on the narrow 1.75-mile street course on the grounds of Exhibition Place that includes 11 turns.
Power and rookie Simon Pagenaud knocked tires in a practice session early Saturday, after they also bumped Friday in practice. On Saturday, Power responded to being blocked by nearly forcing Pagenaud into a pile of tires.
Power then refused his former teammate's attempt at an apology.
"I gave him the Australian 'Go Away,' when he came to apologize," Power said, referring to how he raised his right hand and walked away.
Power wasn't done yet. He delivered a similar gesture to Takuma Sato in the third qualifying round, after Sato blocked Power.
"He got in my way. It ruined his day," Power said, noting Sato was penalized by IndyCar officials, who took away his two fastest qualifying laps. "I don't know who was on his radio. But they should have been telling him who was coming."
Formula One leader Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on pole for the first time in 31 races after mastering a rain-soaked track in a disrupted qualifying session for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England. Alonso, the reigning Silverstone champion, was just 0.047 seconds faster than Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who will start today alongside him on the front row and is his closest competitor in the championship. Michael Schumacher of Mercedes was able to secure the third-fastest time, two weeks after finishing third at the European GP.
First Published July 8, 2012 12:00 am