Scotsman Dario Franchitti won pole position for the Toronto Indy car race with the fastest lap in time trials around the 2.82km street course.
Franchitti completed the 11-turn circuit in 1min 1.0249secs to edge Australian Will Power for the inside front row position.
American Graham Rahl was third followed by England's Justin Wilson, who won last week's race at Watkins Glen, then Canada's Alex Tagliani and IndyCar rookie Mike Conway of England.
New Zealand's Scott Dixon, the defending series champion and season points leader, will start in eighth position.
Ryan Briscoe, who shares second in the points race with Franchitti at 19 adrift of Dixon, will start 11th.