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Dario Franchitti wins pole for 1st of 2 races in Detroit, but will start 11th due to penalty

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    Water sprays from the rear wheels as IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti takes turn two during qualifying for this weekend's Detroit Grand Prix auto race on Belle Isle in Detroit, Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)The Associated Press

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    IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti applies the pole position sticker on the wing of his car after qualifying for the pole for Saturday's Race 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix auto race on Belle Isle in Detroit, Friday, May 31, 2013. The second race of the Detroit Duel is on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)The Associated Press

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    IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti hugs a team member after qualifying for the pole position for Saturday's Race 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix auto races on Belle Isle in Detroit, Friday, May 31, 2013. The second race of the Detroit Duel is on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)The Associated Press

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.