Texas Two-Step: Alex Tagliani and Sam Schmidt Claim Second Straight IndyCar Pole

No NameAnalyst IJune 10, 2011

Tagliani on pole at Texas
Tagliani on pole at Texas

Alex Tagliani found a way to top winning the pole for the Indy 500.

Winning back-to-back poles.

Two weeks after winning the Indianapolis 500 pole, Tagliani put his Sam Schmidt machine back into first place in today's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway. His two-lap average of 215.186 mph was better than anyone else in the record 30-car field.

With 30 cars in Saturday night's festivities, it will be the largest group of participants at Texas Motor Speedway since 1997. This year, there will be two 114-lap races with an hour break in between them. There will be two winners when the night concludes, and half the normal points will be distributed for each race.

This isn't really anything new for the series, as they had double-headers during the schedule from 1967 to 1981.

Today’s qualifying sets the starting lineup for the first race, which begins at 8:45 pm. The order for the second race will be determined by a random draw after the first race concludes.

Dario Franchitti will join Tagliani on the front row with Will Power and Takuma Sato right behind them in Row 2. Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan share Row 3 and Scott Dixon will join rookie Wade Cunningham in Row 4. Last year's top two finishers, Ryan Briscoe and Danica Patrick, round out the top 10.

Cunningham will be driving the same car that Dan Wheldon used to win this year's Indianapolis 500.