1. Tony Stewart
2. Jim Guthrie 21.241
3. Scott Goodyear
4. Arie Luyendyk
5. Buzz Calkins 21.947
6. Robbie Buhl 21.956
7. Sam Schmidt 21.973
8. Eddie Cheever
9. Marco Greco 22.019
10. Kenny Brack 22.027
11. Roberto Guerrero
12. John Paul Jnr.
13. Jeret Schroeder
14. Buddy Lazier
15. Davey Hamilton
16. Fermin Velez
17. Mike Groff 22.520
18. Billy Roe 22.650
19. Jack Miller 22.779
20. Stephan Gregoire
21. Scott Sharp No
22. Affonso Giaffone
Tony Stewart, driving
a G-Force Oldsmobile for Team Menard, recorded a
timed run of 21.175s, an average speed of 170.012
mph, around the Phoenix International Raceway to
claim pole position for the Phoenix 200 - round four
of the 1996/97 Indy Racing League series.
It was the second
straight pole for the Indianapolis driver, who also
won pole for the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World in
January and used the same Glidden/Menard Special
G-Force chassis for both runs.
Stewart's hot lap was
the first time that the new IRL chassis and engine
combination had exceeded 170 mph in qualifying runs,
and the lap allowed IRL's hottest star to claim a
bonus of $20,000.
Jim Guthrie of
Albuquerque, driving the Blueprint Dallara/Aurora,
was second fastest. A specialist on the Phoenix
track, Guthrie was obviously thrilled with both his
and his teams performance, " I guess i1d liken
it to a David and Goliath story. I'd like to slay the
giant both here and at Indy."
team-mates Scott Goodyear and Arie Luyendyk, clocked
third and fourth fastest times to complete row two.
completed timed runs on the one-mile oval, although
Scott Sharp and Affonso Giaffone were added to the
list despite being unable to run their G-Force and
Dallara cars in practice.
With Stewart claiming
pole the spotlight again falls onto the Menard
driver. Having led six IRL races, many pundits
believe this race could be a maiden Indianapolis car
victory for him.