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Sato on Pole In Edmonton

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 23 2011

Takuma Sato won the IndyCar pole in Edmonton. (File photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Takuma Sata won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s IndyCar Series race in Edmonton, Alberta.

The pole was Sato’s second as he won the pole for the race at Iowa Speedway earlier this summer.

Sato, driving the No. 5 KV Racing Technology-Lotus car, set a quick lap of 1 minute, 18.5165 seconds with about 2:30 left in the 10-minute Firestone Fast Six that was too difficult to top.

“Absolutely fantastic,” said Sato. “My thanks to the team. It is quite challenging to go for the pole; everyone is so close in lap times (two-tenths of a second separated first through fifth).”

Sato’s first pole came on the short oval in Newton.

“The Iowa pole was special for the team, and this one (on a street course) means a lot. The morning warm-up will be the key for the race set-up, so hopefully we’ll find what we need and then try very hard (in the race).”

Sato broke Will Power’s streak for winning poles on street/road courses.

Power, who had earned the previous five street-road course poles of the season, will join Sato on Row 1. He had a best lap of 1:18.5674 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon (1:18.6442), the 2010 race winner, and Dario Franchitti (1:18.6628) will share Row 2. E.J. Viso, making his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six this season in the No. 59 PDVSA KV Racing Technology-Lotus entry (1:18.7383) is on Row 3 with Ryan Briscoe, who drove the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental car to a quick lap of 1:19.0267.

Qualifying Saturday for the Edmonton Indy IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.224 mile(s) Edmonton Airport Circuit, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.5165 (101.971)

2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.5674 (101.905)

3. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.6442 (101.805)

4. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.6628 (101.781)

5. (59) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.7383 (101.684)

6. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.0267 (101.313)

7. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.6678 (101.775)

8. (2) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.7142 (101.715)

9. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.7669 (101.647)

10. (06) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.9323 (101.434)

11. (82) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.0190 (101.322)

12. (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.3802 (100.861)

13. (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.0682 (101.259)

14. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.9781 (101.375)

15. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.0732 (101.253)

16. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.2084 (101.080)

17. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.1329 (101.177)

18. (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.3533 (100.896)

19. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.6204 (100.557)

20. (27) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.4007 (100.835)

21. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.0348 (100.036)

22. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.4713 (100.746)

23. (24) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.3224 (99.678)

24. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.5237 (100.679)

25. (8) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.4836 (99.479)

26. (34) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 01:19.7200 (100.432)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 23 2011
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