DETROIT—Scott Dixon has won his first pole of the year and snapped Penske Racing's streak of having the fastest car in IndyCar qualifying this season.
Dixon set a track record of 1 minute, 10.3162 seconds Saturday on the Detroit Grand Prix's slick and tight 2-mile course.
Penske's Will Power, the points leader, will start Sunday's race second followed by Alex Tagliani and Simon Pagenaud.
Dixon earned Chip Ganassi Racing's first pole and hopes to give the team its second straight win. It will be tough for Dario Franchitti to do it—the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and Ganassi driver will start 15th in the 25-car field, saying Ed Carpenter's slow car and tactics slowed him down in qualifying.
Dixon is a two-time series champion and 27-time winner overall.