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Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 16 2011

Will Power won the pole in Long Beach.

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Will Power of Team Penske on Saturday won the pole for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race through the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

Power will start along side of Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport on the front row.

“I was up on the lap by a half-a-10th coming into the last three corners and I knew the target time, which was Will’s (Power’s) – which was only a tenth quicker,” Hunter-Reay said. “I had the speed, gained a little bit more through (turn) nine and then I came into (turn) 10 and the car just broke loose. It’s my fault; I carried in the speed. But, hey, you’ve got to go for it at that point, right?

“I really wanted that pole. With Penske and Ganassi as strong as they are, when you get a chance to hit them in the face a couple times – metaphorically-speaking, obviously – on the track, you really have an opportunity there. The DHL/Sun Drop car was really good today. We could have had pole today.”

Third fastest in qualifying was Mike Conway, Hunter-Reay’s teammate.

“I feel good about today – a lot better than I did about an hour before qualifying,” Conway said. “It’s been a difficult couple of days, but we just kept working at it. The team did a great job on the change we made coming into qualifying. It really suited the (Firestone) ‘red’ tires. ‘Well done’ to the guys and a great job by Ryan (Hunter-Reay), as well. We’re a little bit behind him, but it’s a long day tomorrow so we’ll just chip away overnight and make sure we work on the race car for tomorrow.”

Qualifying Saturday for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.968-mile(s) Streets of Long Beach, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.0649 (102.582)

2. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.1409 (102.469)

3. (27) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6414 (101.733)

4. (2) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6828 (101.672)

5. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.8097 (101.487)

6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.8423 (101.440)

7. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6037 (101.788)

8. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6385 (101.737)

9. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.6497 (101.720)

10. (82) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.7352 (101.596)

11. (06) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.8122 (101.484)

12. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.8243 (101.466)

13. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.1010 (101.066)

14. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:09.9400 (101.298)

15. (34) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.1146 (101.046)

16. (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.5883 (100.368)

17. (59) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.1465 (101.000)

18. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.6407 (100.293)

19. (17) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.3477 (100.711)

20. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.7836 (100.091)

21. (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.8050 (100.061)

22. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.8197 (100.040)

23. (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.8592 (99.984)

24. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.8672 (99.973)

25. (8) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 01:11.0249 (99.751)

26. (24) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:11.0341 (99.738)

27. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:11.4916 (99.100)

(This story will be updated shortly)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 16 2011
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