NASCAR & Auto Racing

Roundup: Castroneves takes pole for Honda Indy 200

The day belonged to Penske Racing, with Helio Castroneves and teammate Ryan Briscoe taking the top two spots in qualifying for today's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. It is the first front-row sweep for Penske since Castroneves won the pole and then-teammate Sam Hornish Jr. took the outside spot at Kentucky Speedway in 2006.

Scott Dixon, who has a series-leading four wins and the IndyCar Series points lead, will start sixth.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton edged Felipe Massa on the final lap to take the pole for today's German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. Hamilton went around in 1minute, 15.666seconds on his last lap to beat the Ferrari driver by 0.193 seconds.

Terry Gibson, a 46-year-old driver from LaRue, Ohio, died in a four-vehicle accident Friday night at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway after the rear of his car slammed into a wall at about 110 mph. Gibson died at the scene, according to the Lucas County coroner's office. It is the first death at that track since 2000.

Defending world champion Casey Stoner won his fifth straight pole in qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix in Monterey, Calif. The Australian, who has won his past three motorcycle races, broke his lap record with a time of 1:21.700 at 100.07 mph. If Stoner continues his winning streak from the pole and sets the fastest lap of today's race, he'll be the first rider in 35 years to win four straight events while setting the fastest laps.

Keith Jones, the fueler for De Ferran Motorsports, was injured in a pit fire during the American Le Mans Series race in Lexington, Ohio. He was transported by helicopter to a Columbus, Ohio, hospital after being treated for unspecified burns.

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