Young Canuck takes pole

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:23 AM ET

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — It was a step in the right direction for Canadian James Hinchcliffe on Saturday when he claimed the pole for Sunday’s Indy Lights race at Watkins Glen International.

It puts the 22-year-old in a position to catch series championship leader J.K. Vernay, of France, who will start third. Hinchcliffe is 27 points back of Vernay.

“This track is just incredible,” Hinchcliffe said. “Getting a chance to move up the standings here is just awesome. The team gave me a great car. The car really let me push my limits.”

Milka madness

Venezuelan driver Milka Duno has been piling up enemies in the IndyCar series at an alarming rate this season.

On Saturday, American Ryan Hunter-Reay blasted Duno for holding him up on his final try at qualifying out of the first round.

“We had a car capable of moving on and Milka cost us the lap,” he said.

Hunter-Reay made his feelings clear to Duno in her Dale Coyne Racing pit area.

“You’re too damn slow,” Hunter Reay shouted.

Saturday’s flair up comes after similar run-ins Duno has had with Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti.

Kanaan can

Nobody ever accused Tony Kanaan of being a pessimist. In fact, after qualifying dead last at this year’s Indy 500, Kanaan told anybody who would listen that he planned to move through the grid and challenge for the win.

And but for running short on feul near the end of the race, he nearly pulled it off. On Saturday after qualifying a career-worst 13th Kanaan was similarly upbeat.

“I’m disappointed, but we’ll be good tomorrow,” he said.


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