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Hunter-Reay on Barber Pole

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 6 2013

Ryan Hunter-Reay on pole in Alabama. (INDYCAR/LAT USA)

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Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for Sunday’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

Hunter-Reay, who DNF’d in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., said, “You know this team has done so well this weekend – we just kept progressing. We knew where we needed to work on it, and I really went to work on my driving as well. We all did it together here. It’s a great position to start from. Now we gotta make it work in warmup for the race – make these Firestones hang in there for the entire race; that will be the challenging part.

“It’s a very challenging track. It rewards aggressiveness, but if you step over just a little bit too far on the setup or on driving, it’ll definitely punish you. We worked on making the car better. This team has done a great job in the offseason developing our setup. We had a great test here. I have three great teammates, four of us overall, working together in one direction. It’s a good way to, hopefully, start off our season.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.0871 (123.422)

2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.3304 (122.976)

3. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.3616 (122.919)

4. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.3642 (122.914)

5. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4987 (122.669)

6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.5106 (122.647)

7. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.4893 (122.686)

8. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4964 (122.673)

9. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.6317 (122.428)

10. (2) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.6962 (122.311)

11. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.8832 (121.974)

12. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9560 (120.077)

13. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2409 (123.139)

14. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7291 (122.252)

15. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2886 (123.052)

16. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7337 (122.243)

17. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2965 (123.038)

18. (22) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7474 (122.219)

19. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.3671 (122.909)

20. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7774 (122.165)

21. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4184 (122.815)

22. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7830 (122.155)

23. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.4567 (122.745)

24. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.8367 (122.058)

25. (18) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9108 (120.155)

26. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 01:08.6362 (120.636)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, April 6 2013
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