Dario Franchitti, who has won the pole at four events this year, will start 15th, one spot ahead of Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and three ahead of Marco Andretti.
Kanaan, who finished second to Will Power in the inaugural Baltimore race two years ago, said afterward that he thought he was headed for the second round of qualifying before “we got caught up in some traffic” that resulted from a single-car crash involving E.J. Viso.
“It’s a shame,” Kanaan said afterward. “I think we have a car that make the Top 10, maybe the Top 6.”