- Associated Press - Saturday, July 7, 2012

TORONTO (AP) - Defending champion Dario Franchitti has won the pole for IndyCar’s race at Toronto.

Franchitti won the qualifying session among the fastest six on Saturday with a time of 59.351 seconds. That was 0.24 seconds ahead of IndyCar points leader Will Power, who will join him on the front for the race Saturday.

Franchitti has now won three straight poles, but is looking for a better finish come race day. His engine failed before the start of the race in Iowa two weeks ago. Contact forced him to a 19th-place finish at Milwaukee the previous week.

Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon qualified third through fifth. Canadian Alex Tagliani was sixth, but will drop 10 spots as a result of a penalty he incurred for changing engines on Friday.

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