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Sunday 28th August, 2011 - 9:18am

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Will Power scores his sixth pole of the year

Will Power has led a Team Penske trifecta in qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway.

The Toowoomba racer will share the front row with Helio Castroneves with fellow Aussie Ryan Briscoe to start third.

Looking to close the 47-point gap to IZOD IndyCar Series leader Dario Franchitti, Power scored his sixth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season. The Scotsman will start fourth.

“Qualifying is very important here,” said Power.

“A Penske 1-2-3 is good, and we have two guys between the Target cars.”

“(The championship) is going to come down to who is going to make the least amount of mistakes.

“Dario still has a reasonable lead, but that could turn around in one weekend. Obviously, if we have a bad weekend and he is 70 points ahead with four weekends to go it will be tough … near impossible.

“We need to execute this weekend and just keep finishing ahead of Dario. It’s as simple as that.”

Franchitti teammate Scott Dixon will start fifth and rookie James Hinchcliffe rounded-out the top six.

QUALIFYING: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Position Driver Time MPH
1 Will Power 1:18.6017 105.479
2 Helio Castroneves 1:19.0916 104.825
3 Ryan Briscoe 1:19.1112 104.799
4 Dario Franchitti 1:19.1464 104.753
5 Scott Dixon 1:19.3892 104.432
6 James Hinchcliffe 1:19.4546 104.346
7 Mike Conway 1:18.9388 105.028
8 Sebastien Bourdais 1:18.9717 104.984
9 EJ Viso 1:19.0724 104.851
10 Ana Beatriz 1:19.1100 104.801
11 Giorgio Pantano 1:19.2408 104.628
12 Alex Tagliani 1:19.8032 103.891
13 Graham Rahal 1:19.3311 104.509
14 Marco Andretti 1:19.3717 104.455
15 Martin Plowman 1:19.3792 104.445
16 Takuma Sato 1:19.3836 104.440
17 James Jakes 1:19.4744 104.320
18 Oriol Servia 1:19.3955 104.424
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:19.6402 104.103
20 JR Hildebrand 1:19.4654 104.332
21 Tony Kanaan 1:19.7270 103.990
22 Simon Pagenaud 1:19.5635 104.204
23 Sebastian Saavedra 1:19.7517 103.958
24 Ho-Pin Tung 1:19.5894 104.170
25 Danica Patrick 1:19.7854 103.914
26 Charlie Kimball 1:19.8349 103.849
27 Ed Carpenter 1:20.6269 102.829
28 Vitor Meira 1:20.1209 103.479

 

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