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Power On Pole At Mid-Ohio

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 7 2010

Will Power is on the pole in Mid-Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Will Power gave Team Penske its 10th pole of the season Saturday when he was fastest in qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Power’s lap was at 1:07.199 around the 13-turn, 2.26 track in Lexington.

Power also tied the series’ single-season record with his seventh pole of the season (teammate Helio Castroneves won seven poles in 2007).  Power now has a 51-point lead in the overall series championship over Dario Franchitti, who qualified second on Saturday. Power has won four races this season and he’ll be looking to add to that total on Sunday.

Power, a 29-year-old native of Toowoomba, Australia crashed during the morning practice session, and his crew had to scramble to prepare the backup Verizon car in time for the qualifying session. Power recorded his fastest time on his final lap.

“After this morning’s accident, it really feels good to put the Verizon car on the pole,” said Power. “I just made a mistake in the morning practice and I put the team in a tough spot. I’m happy for the Verizon guys because they had to work hard to get the backup car ready for qualifying. Now we need to go out and get a win tomorrow.
“We had kind of a tough result at Edmonton (two weeks ago) and we need to bounce back from it. It will definitely be an honor to win the road course championship, especially with all the great road course drivers in this series. It just shows how hard Team Penske has worked to get to this point. But we’re still really focused on winning the overall championship and we need to take it one race at a time, starting with tomorrow here at Mid-Ohio.”

Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.1997 (120.965)

2. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2846 (120.812)

3. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4337 (120.545)

4. (37) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4411 (120.532)

5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4711 (120.478)

6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.5370 (120.361)

7. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4687 (120.483)

8. (8) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4713 (120.478)

9. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.5436 (120.349)

10. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.6190 (120.215)

11. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.6230 (120.208)

12. (06) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7491 (119.984)

13. (4) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.2415 (119.118)

14. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7789 (119.931)

15. (36) Bertrand Baguette, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.3069 (119.004)

16. (32) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7821 (119.925)

17. (27) Adam Carroll, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.4825 (118.699)

18. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7943 (119.904)

19. (2) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.5386 (118.602)

20. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.9321 (119.661)

21. (19) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.7818 (118.182)

22. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.9780 (119.580)

23. (34) Francesco Dracone, Dallara-Honda, 01:11.3968 (113.854)

24. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.0414 (119.468)

25. (02) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.0459 (119.461)

26. (66) Jay Howard, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.5028 (116.956)

27. (18) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, No Time (No Speed)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 7 2010
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