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Dixon, Castroneves start in Texas in same order as points _ 1-2

Dixon, Castroneves start in Texas in same order as points _ 1-2

Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves will start in the Bombadier Learjet 500 in the same way they are in IndyCar Series points _ 1-2.
Dixon, the Indianapolis 500 champion and series points leader, earned his fourth pole of the season by averaging 214.878 mph (345.8 kph) during his four-lap qualifying run on Friday at the 1 1/2-mile (2.4-kilometer), high-banked track.
Still, his 12th career pole came as a bit of a surprise for Dixon.
"Today (in practice), we were struggling," Dixon said. "Qualifying was eye-opening. I didn't think the car could do a speed like that."
Castroneves, second in points and the only driver with top-five finishes in every race, had a qualifying speed of 214.777 mph (345.63 kph). His Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe, who won last week at Milwaukee, starts third on Saturday.
Dixon has finished third or better in all but one race, the road course at St. Petersburg when the New Zealander had mechanical problems, didn't finish and failed to lead a lap. The Target Chip Ganassi driver has led at least 67 laps in every other race.
"Coming into this year, we looked at our weakness from last year, when we didn't start as well as we needed to," Dixon said. "What we're trying to do is keep the ball rolling and try to build up a points margin right from the get-go."
Dixon has a 28-point lead over Brazil's Castroneves and a 49-point lead over English teammate Dan Wheldon, who will start 11th. Wheldon's qualifying run came in a backup car and with a sore right ankle sustained about 3 1/2 hours earlier when he flipped his car in practice.
Hideki Mutoh will start fourth, ahead of Danica Patrick and Tomas Scheckter.