Acura's new ARX-02a race car was driven to a pole position thanks to the skill of driver Scott Dixon. Dixon beat out Audi's latest prototype, and a turbodiesel Peugeot, to take the prize in advance of this weekend's 12 Hours of Sebring.

Former Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon took pole position for this weekend's 12 Hours of Sebring using the new Acura ARX-02a race car. Dixon's last qualifying lap was his best, as he sped around the track in 1:45.278 at an average speed of 126.522 mph.

Impressively, Dixon beat out Tom Kristensen, in the new Audi prototype R15 TDI turbodiesel. Nic Minassian took third in the field of eight, driving a Peugeot. Driver Adrian Fernandez beat out the other two LMP2 vehicles to take the top qualifying spot for that class. Fernandez is also using an Acura, which marks the first time since 2005 that one company's vehicle has taken both the LMP1 and LMP2 class pole positions in the same event.

Only two GT1 vehicles will be run, both Corvettes, while as many as 15 entries will see track time in the GT2 class. This includes the return of the BMW M3. Two drivers will pilot M3s for the Rahal Letterman team.

The 57th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring will begin 10:30am (Florida time) on Saturday, with Dixon behind the wheel of the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8 ARX-02a. Sebring is the first race on the 2009 American Le Mans Series calendar.



Gallery: Acura Scores Surprise Pole in Sebring Beating Favorites Audi and Peugeot