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Indy 500 2012 Qualifying: Ryan Briscoe Edges James Hinchcliffe To Earn Pole

Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe took advantage of the Fast Nine qualifying format to come through with a 226.484 mph four-lap average to win the pole. James Hinchcliffe just missed out on the top spot leading a strong effort by Andretti Autosports to lock down spots two through four on the starting grid for the 96th Indianapolis 500.

Here are the full results from Pole Day qualifying, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (2) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:38.9514 (226.484)
2. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:38.9537 (226.481)
3. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:39.1233 (226.240)
4. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara- Chevrolet, 02:40.6766 (225.456)
5. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:39.7004 (225.422)
6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:39.8780 (225.172)
7. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 02:40.6879 (224.037)
8. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:40.1775 (224.751)
9. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:40.4119 (224.422)
10. (8) Rubens Barrichello, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:40.5253 (224.264)
11. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 02:40.7144 (224.000)
12. (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 02:40.7437 (223.959)
13. (25) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:40.7720 (223.920)
14. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 02:40.8093 (223.868)
15. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 02:40.9413 (223.684)
16. (50) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.0144 (223.582)
17. (19) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.0866 (223.482)
18. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:41.1299 (223.422)
19. (15) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.1517 (223.392)
20. (99) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.3377 (223.134)
21. (18) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.4865 (222.929)
22. (30) Michel Jourdain, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.5124 (222.893)
23. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 02:41.5138 (222.891)
24. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevrolet, 02:41.5720 (222.811)

The final nine spots will be filled on Sunday’s Bump Day.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.