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Briscoe earns pole, record

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Ryan Briscoe couldn’t help but flash a big smile.

A week after spinning out at Richmond and losing the IndyCar Series points lead, Briscoe won his second straight pole at Watkins Glen International. He turned a lap Saturday in 1 minute, 28.5970 seconds around the 11-curve, 3.4-mile road course in the Firestone Fast Six Shootout. It was his second pole of the season.

“I haven’t had this much fun around a road course in a long time,” said Briscoe, who eclipsed the former track record of 1:29.1919 set in 2007 by Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

The 60-lap Camping World Grand Prix is today.

Patrick almost does it

Danica Patrick has always been the first to admit she struggles in qualifying on road and street courses. She might not have to say that anymore.

Patrick qualified eighth at Watkins Glen, easily her best performance on three twisting circuits this year. Her fastest lap fell just short of getting her into the third and final round of qualifying for today’s race.

IRL says it’s doing well

Four days after Tony George was ousted as president and chief executive officer of the IndyCar Series, the president of the commercial division said the series is on solid ground.

“We’re pretty pleased with the direction and management of the company,” Terry Angstadt said after a meeting with team owners at Watkins Glen. “We see monthly financial statements. We know if we’re achieving and we are.”