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The IndyCar drivers who qualified on the front row for the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, pole sitter Alex Tagliani, front, Scott Dixon, center, and Oriol Servia pose Sunday on the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Tagliani earns pole for Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS -- Alex Tagliani broke up the monopoly in the top-heavy IndyCar series and became the first Canadian to earn the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

On a day each of the series' three top teams -- Andretti Autopsort, Target Chip Ganassi and Team Penske -- made big mistakes, it was a 37-year-old Canadian who got it right twice with a four-lap average of 227.472 mph on the day's final run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

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