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Indy 500 2012: Marco Andretti The Favorite To Claim The Pole

Marco Andretti posted the fastest showing of any driver on Fast Friday, the final day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Andretti's speedy performance sets him up as the pole favorite in Saturday's qualifying for the race.

Andretti turned in the fastest lap time of any driver with a 227.540 mph, as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. If Andretti wins Saturday's pole day he will be the first Andretti to have the top pole position in the race since his grandfather, Mario, in 1987.

Behind Andretti were two Penske drivers, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves. They were three of five drivers who had a top lap speed better than 226 mph.

The other big winner on Friday was Chevrolet. Drivers with Chevy engines claimed the top four spots and controlled most of the top 10.

Andretti kept his numbers in perspective, while noting the big day for Chevy engines.

"We're not going to get overconfident, we're going to come out [Saturday] and try to do the same thing we did [Friday]," he said. "It would be a statement to put 10 Chevys in the top 10."

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