For Montoya, the defending CART champion, it was his fourth straight pole position and 11th of his career
Montoya beats Franchitti on tiebreak to grab pole for Detroit CART

DETROIT, June 17 (AFP) - Colombian star Juan Pablo Montoya set a track record lap of 115.604 miles per hour (184.966 (km/h)) in Saturday's second round of qualifying to take pole position for Sunday's Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) race here.

Scotland's Dario Franchitti, who won the event last year, earlier recorded the same time.

However, Montoya, who became the first Indy debutante since Graham Hill in 1966 to capture the Indy 500 late last month, was given pole based on his second fastest lap of 115.195 mph (184.312 km/h) in his Toyota/Lola.

For Montoya, the defending CART champion, it was his fourth straight pole position and 11th of his career. The 24-year-old Colombian started from pole in Japan, Nazareth and Milwaukee.

"I gave it everything I had," said Montoya as he made final preparations for the 2.3-mile temporary street course.

"At that point the tyres were really hot. I'm just very happy to be in the front. It is so important to be out in front here because there's no room for anyone to pass," he added.

Montoya is making a habit of beating Franchitti in a tie-break.

Last year he won the CART title when he and the Scot were tied in points after the season finale at Fontana, California.

Montoya won the championship based on season victories, 7-3.

Emerson Fittipaldi, of Brazil, and Canada's Paul Tracy were the last to tie with identical qualifying times in August, 1992 at Road America.

"I don't mind as long as I win the next one," a game Franchitti said.

"When you look at it, we're running different cars, different engines and making different decisions on when to brake and when to speed up. So when you tie it's absolutely incredible."

The third fastest lap was recorded by Brazilian Helio Castroneves in 115.353 mph (184,564km/h), next came his countryman Gil de Ferran at 115.141mph (184.225 km/h) and Max Papis, of Italy, at 114.861 mph 183.777 (km/h).

Papis held the provisional pole after Friday's session. Twenty four drivers qualified for the 84-lap event.

The top six qualifiers each beat the track record of 114.859 mph (183.774 km/h) set in 1998 by the late Greg Moore.

Brazil4s Tony Kanaan will not race after he was involved in an accident. He smashed the left side of his car into the wall and suffered many injuries.

Dr. Steve Olvey, CART director of medical affairs, said a preliminary examination indicated Kanaan had a broken left forearm, a punctured left lung, broken ribs on his left side and mild concussion

"Tony is awake and talking. He was initially unconscious at the scene of the accident," said Olvey.

Kanaan was examined at the infield medical facility and later airlifted to Detroit Receiving Hospital.