Dario Franchitti has won the pole for the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix.

Franchitti, though, will start 11th on Saturday because of a 10-grid-spot penalty for making an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned the top spot in qualifying Friday with a lap of 1:19.3311 on Belle Isle's 2.36-mile street course. It was the 31st pole of his career and second this season.

Franchitti fared well on a slick track despite not getting much out of the morning practice session because he hit a wall, sending his car to the shop.

E.J. Viso, who qualified second, will start up front followed by Mike Conway, James Jakes and defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.