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Andretti on IndyCar pole at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — What a homecoming for the Andrettis.

Andretti Autosport qualified 1-2-3 — with Marco Andretti leading the way — for the Pocono IndyCar 400 on Saturday as the series returned to Pocono Raceway for the first time since 1989.

IndyCar is using three-wide starts at Pocono, making it an all-Andretti front row for today's race on the 2.5-mile triangle.

Andretti smashed Emerson Fittipaldi's track record (211.715 mph in 1989) with a two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph

"I've taken a huge liking to this place, as soon as I rolled off here in the initial test," Andretti said. "I really think the IndyCars are built for this track."

The famed Andretti family hails from nearby Nazareth. Marco's father, Michael, owns the team, and grandfather Mario won a 500-mile CART race at Pocono in 1986.

Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (220.892 mph, second) and James Hinchcliffe (220.431, third) helped Andretti Autosport sweep the front row.

NHRA: John Force extended his career record with his 143rd No. 1 qualifying run at the Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Friday's track-record run of 4.021 seconds at 317.72 mph held up to top Funny Car. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led their classes.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes earned the pole for today's German Grand Prix in Nurburg, edging Germany's three-time defending series champion, Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton turned a best lap of 1 minute, 29.398 seconds on the 3.199-mile track. Vettel ran in 1:29.501 in a Red Bull.

ALMS: Honda's Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won the Northeast Grand Prix in Lakeville, Conn.

Andretti on IndyCar pole at Pocono 07/06/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 6, 2013 9:14pm]
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