2012 Indy 500 Qualifying: Both Southern California Drivers Make It Into Top 20

On Saturday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was host to Pole Day. The first and most vital of the two days of qualifying for next Sunday's 2012 edition of the Indianapolis 500 had no shortage of thrills, including a handful of crashes during the qualifying laps.

Positioning was set by fastest time, taken from an average speed of four laps around the track. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske had the fastest time and will hold the prestigious pole position in the May 27 race, but both Southern California drivers managed to secure spots in the Top 20 of the starting lineup.

Charlie Kimball secured the No. 14 spot with a speed of 223.868 mph, while Townsend Bell will start at No. 20 thanks to a speed of 223.134

Here is the top of the pole with each driver's average speed after four laps.

1) Ryan Briscoe: 226.484
2) James Hinchcliffe: 226.481
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay: 226.240
4) Marco Andretti: 225.456
5) Will Power: 225.422
6) Helio Castroneves: 225.172
7) Josef Newgarden: 224.037
8) Tony Kanaan: 224.751
9) E.J. Viso: 224.422

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