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Will Power on pole at Baltimore

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Sunday 4th September, 2011 - 9:06am

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Will Power to start from pole in the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix

Will Power has claimed his seventh pole position of the IZOD IndyCar Series grabbing the top spot at the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix.

Graham Rahal was the provisional pole sitter three and-a-half minutes remaining, but that was more than enough time in the Firestone Fast Six for Power to come through a claim top spot.

Power, who was just 0.0081 of-a-second behind, recorded the quickest lap of 1:20.2447 on his fifth and final lap of the 10-minute session to earn his 23rd career pole and tying Johnny Rutherford on the all-time list.

“The final run was absolutely everything I had in me and it was exhausting,” said Power, who is 25 points behind championship front-runner Dario Franchitti entering the 75-lap race.

“I think that securing the pole position is an advantage here because you don’t have to worry about trying to pass, and since it is a street circuit there can be a lot of yellows.

“We are going to try to lead as many laps as we can and gain the points we need for the championship. We have to keep chipping away at it.”

Fellow Aussie and Penske Racing team-mate Ryan Briscoe will share the second row with the championship leader (Franchitti), while Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be on the third row. It was Bourdais’ and Dale Coyne Racing’s first visit to the Firestone Fast Six this season.

The top six were separated by 0.7648 of a second on the 2-mile, 12-turn course.

Helio Castroneves and Mike Conway will be on Row 4, with E.J. Viso and Scott Dixon occupying the fifth row.

QUALIFYING: Baltimore Indy Garnd Prix

Pos Driver Origin Sponsor Team Time MPH
1 Will Power Toowoomba : Queensland Team Verizon Team Penske 1:20.2447 91.520
2 Graham Rahal New Albany : Ohio Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing 1:20.3238 91.430
3 Ryan Briscoe Sydney : New South Wales Guidepoint Systems Team Penske 1:20.7023 91.001
4 Dario Franchitti Edinburgh : Scotland Kellogg’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:20.7118 90.990
5 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans : France Boy Scouts of America Dale Coyne Racing 1:20.9725 90.697
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale : Florida DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Andretti Autosport 1:21.0095 90.656
7 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo : Brazil Shell V-Power Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske 1:20.8503 90.835
8 Mike Conway Bromley : England Buffalo Wild Wings Andretti Autosport 1:20.9078 90.770
9 E.J. Viso Caracas : Venezuela PDVSA-KV Lotus KV Racing Technology – Lotus 1:20.9416 90.732
10 Scott Dixon Auckland : New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:21.0617 90.598
11 Tony Kanaan Salvador : Brazil GEICO-KV Lotus KV Racing Technology – Lotus 1:21.3764 90.247
12 Simona De Silvestro Thun : Switzerland Nuclear Clean Air Energy HVM Racing 1:21.7382 89.848
13 James Jakes (R) Leeds : England Acorn Stairlifts Dale Coyne Racing 1:21.6046 89.995
14 Vitor Meira Brasilia : Brazil ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Racing 1:21.9707 89.593
15 Giorgio Pantano (R) Padua : Italy RollCoater Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:21.6857 89.906
16 Oriol Servia Pals : Spain Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing 1:21.9856 89.577
17 James Hinchcliffe (R) Toronto : Canada Sprott Newman/Haas Racing 1:21.7882 89.793
18 Charlie Kimball (R) Camarillo : California Levemir and NovoLog Flex Pen Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 1:22.3963 89.130
19 JR Hildebrand (R) Sausalito : California National Guard Panther Racing Panther Racing 1:22.0232 89.536
20 Martin Plowman (R) Tamworth : England Snowball Express/AFS Sam Schmidt Motorsports 1:22.5638 88.949
21 Alex Tagliani Lachenaie : Quebec Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports 1:22.1596 89.387
22 Ana Beatriz (R) Sao Paulo : Brazil Ipiranga Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:22.9070 88.581
23 Marco Andretti Nazareth : Pennsylvania All Natural Snapple Andretti Autosport 1:22.8926 88.597
24 Tomas Scheckter Cape Town : South Africa REDLINE Extreme SH Racing/DRR 1:22.9769 88.507
25 Danica Patrick Roscoe : Illinois GoDaddy Andretti Autosport 1:23.0159 88.465
26 Sebastian Saavedra (R) Bogata : Colombia Bogata Es Mundial Conquest Racing 1:23.4736 87.980
27 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis : Indiana Dollar General Sarah Fisher Racing 1:24.5361 86.874
28 Takuma Sato Tokyo : Japan KV Racing Technology – Lotus KV Racing Technology – Lotus 1:25.3139 86.082

 

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