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Takagi has been fast at Indy

Updated: May 9, 2003, 2:12 PM ET
By Robin Miller | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Prior to the month of May there were some clearcut candidates to win the pole position for the 87th Indianapolis 500. But Toranosuke "Tora" Takagi's name wasn't on anybody's lips or list.

Not only is the 29-year-old native of Shizuoka, Japan a rookie at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he hardly distinguished himself while competing in Championship Auto Racing Teams during 2001 and '02.

Yet going into Saturday's opening round of qualifying, Takagi is very much ...

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