Alex Tagliani takes IndyCar pole at TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Alex Tagliani took the pole in the qualifier for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Tagliani, who drives the No. 98 Team Barracuda-BHA Honda, took his first pole since his last race at TMS in 2011. He finished in 48.0695 seconds (215.691 mph) to overtake No. 10 Dario Franchitti, who had led for most of the qualifier.

Tagliani said that he feels comfortable with the track at TMS and the style of racing it allows.

“Some drivers had a problem with their second lap and we were very consistent,” Tagliani said. “We are very happy to start up front and I’d like to think that we will be a threat in the race tomorrow.”

Tagliani is currently ranked 24th in the Series and has yet to win a race this year.

Franchitti finished in 48.5797 seconds (215.646 mph) and will start on the outside of row 1. He also said he was pleased with the track at TMS.

“We went actually quicker than I thought we would,” Franchitti said. “The guys did a really good job of it and it’s definitely the most, the hardest qualifying that I've done here with that level of downforce and that level of grip.”

Franchitti, currently ranked fourth, won the Indianapolis 500 this year and won the first of the two IndyCar races run on the same day last year at TMS.