With so many series running this weekend, here's a quick roundup of Friday's qualifying sessions, courtesy of The Associated Press:
Scott Dixon took the pole position for the first race of the new, unified era of American open-wheel racing. Dixon, who lost last year's IRL IndyCar Series championship to Dario Franchitti when he ran out of fuel on the last turn of the last lap of the season, got off to a good start Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the first Indy-style qualifying outside of the Indianapolis 500. Over the winter, the IRL announced that it would adopt the unique four-lap qualifying format used at Indy for all of its oval races in 2008. Dixon took advantage with a four-lap average of 213.341 mph in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara, earning his ninth career pole. Ed Carpenter will start second and native Texas A.J. Foyt IV will line up third for Saturday's Gainsco Indy 300. A full lineup can be found here.
Odessa native Alan Bradshaw raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel during the first day of qualifying Friday for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown. Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) rounded out the provisional No. 1 qualifiers through the first two of four rounds of qualifying. More info can be found here.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
David Donohue took the pole position Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami, the first time the Brumos Porsche team has topped qualifying since the 2005 event. Donohue, the son of late racing great Mark Donohue, set a Daytona Prototype track record on the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway infield road course with a time of 1:13.022. He averaged 113.390 mph in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley. Canada's Michael Valiante qualified second in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara at 1:13.305 (112.953 mph). Valiante's qualifying session came in the car's first official on-track activity. Get all your sports-car racin' love here.