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Indy 500 2012: Ryan Briscoe Leads A Big Weekend For Chevrolet

Ryan Briscoe pulled off a mild upset over the weekend, beating out Marco Andretti to secure the pole position for the Indianapolis 500. The Team Penske driver recorded an average speed of 226.484 mph in Saturday's run for the pole.

It was the 11th time in Briscoe's racing career that he earned the pole position for an Indy Car race. He has six wins, and his best finish in the points standings came in 2009, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Briscoe will be looking to be the fifth pole winning in the last 10 Indy 500 races to turn his advantage into a first-place finish in the big race.

With a Chevrolet engine in his car, Briscoe is part of an impressive showing at Indy for Chevy. This is Chevrolet's first year in the Indy car engine business since 2005. Eight of the top nine qualifiers sported Chevy engines in their cars. Chevy engines have won all four of the Indy car races this season along with all five pole positions.

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