Power ties season pole record in Kentucky

Power will start from pole once again

Power will start from pole once again

Will Power has taken his eighth pole position of the 2011 Izod IndyCar season at Kentucky Speedway, equalling the all-time record for most poles in a season.

The Australian heads into tomorrow’s penultimate race with a 12 point lead over Dario Franchitti, who will line-up just 11th after struggling for top speed following a pre-qualifying engine change.

Power will be joined on the front-row by Graham Rahal, who managed to transfer his recent strong qualifying form onto the oval layout.

James Hinchcliffe qualified an outstanding third fastest, while Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand round out the top five.

Despite Power setting the pace, his Penske Racing team-mates struggled, with Helio Castroneves 16th and Ryan Briscoe 18th.

Indianapolis 500 Dan Wheldon winner will make his second start of the season from the back fow of the grid after his car failed to pass pre-qualifying scrutineering.

See below for the full qualifying result

 1 Will Power Penske 219.283
 2 Graham Rahal Ganassi 218.348
 3 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 218.186
 4 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 218.004
 5 JR Hildebrand Panther 217.872
 6 Marco Andretti Andretti 217.807
 7 Scott Dixon Ganassi 217.692
 8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 217.632
 9 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 217.520
10 Charlie Kimball Ganassi 217.357
11 Dario Franchitti Ganassi 217.213
12 Mike Conway Andretti 217.110
13 Simona de Silvestro HVM 216.924
14 Danica Patrick Andretti 216.768
15 Wade Cunningham Sam Schmidt 216.763
16 Helio Castroneves Penske 216.732
17 Buddy Rice Panther 216.685
18 Ryan Briscoe Penske 216.669
19 Tony Kanaan KV 216.484
20 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 216.424
21 Vitor Meira Foyt 216.300
22 Takuma Sato KV 215.856
23 EJ Viso KV 215.789
24 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 215.607
25 Dillon Battistini Conquest 215.578
26 Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold 215.404
27 James Jakes Dale Coyne 214.297
28 Dan Wheldon Sam Schmidt  
29 Pippa Mann Rahal Letterman Lanigan

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