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Power On Pole At Infineon

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2011

Will Power will start Sunday's IndyCar Series race from the pole. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Will Power earned his sixth pole of the season as Team Penske swept the top-three spots in qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe will start second and third, respectively.

Power, who won the race in 2010 to wrap up the first Mario Andretti Road Trophy, is the first to earn back-to-back poles at the technically and physically challenging circuit.

“This qualifying session was as perfect as it could go,” Power said. “We were a little concerned after practice and didn’t know if we had the pace or not, but we made some good changes before qualifying. We were able to put a perfect lap together that was mistake free and hit all of the sectors and that was the key to posting the quickest lap.”

Point leader Dario Franchitti will start fourth while his teammate Scott Dixon will start fifth.

“We worked really hard on getting both of the Target cars ready for qualifying and to have good balance on the Firestone black tires,” Franchitti said. “We tried putting the red tires on and the car was terrible. We tried to put up a fast lap and get the time we needed. We made a couple of changes throughout the session but just didn’t quite have it. We have a lot of work to do tonight because we are going to have to use the red tires for one segment of the race tomorrow.

Rookie James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 06 Sprott car for Newman/Haas Racing, reached his first Firestone Fast Six.

“It’s cool to see a blue car up there,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s something that Oriol’s done a couple of times this year and it’s nice now to add my name to the list. We didn’t have the best day yesterday and we didn’t have the best run this morning  so we weren’t quite sure what to do and we were in a little bit of crisis mode.  We really buckled down and put our heads together and asked the guys to do a lot of changes to the car during qualifying and I thank them for actually getting it done and it seem to work out alright so I’m really happy to get into the Firestone Fast Six for the first time.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2011
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