Ryan Hunter-Reay powers to Barber pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay claims pole for Alabama IndyCar race

Ryan Hunter-Reay claims pole for Alabama IndyCar race

Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has taken a thrilling pole position for round two of the IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park.

Hunter-Reay survived a late fling at the pole by Penske’s Will Power who missed by .2s after the Andretti Autosports driver had set a 1:070871s to move into the ‘fast six’.

The rookie Tristan Vautier continued his strong lead-up pace to qualify third.

The Indy Lights champion had progressed to the final phase of qualifying courtesy of a disqualification to Takuma Sato who had been penalised for blocking Justin Wilson.

The lanky English driver Wilson will start from eighth while Sato, driving the Foyt Honda, will start from 12th.

Kiwi Scott Dixon has qualified on the second row in fourth place beside Vautier with Charlie Kimball and Penske stalwart Helio Castroneves fifth and sixth.

James Hinchcliffe, the opening round winner at St Petersburg, will be forced to start from 20th position after claiming he had been blocked, although not deliberately, by Power.

 Qualifying results

Pos Driver             Team/Car                  Time          Gap
 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m01.7339s
 2 Will Power Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m01.2070s + 0.2433s
 3 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m02.0645s + 0.2745s
 4 Scott Dixon Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m02.1715s + 0.2771s
 5 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m02.1198s + 0.4116s
 6 Helio Castroneves Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m01.8991s + 0.4235s
 7 Marco Andretti Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m01.6883s   Round 2
 8 Justin Wilson Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m02.2177s   Round 2
 9 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m01.7944s   Round 2
10 AJ Allmendinger Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m01.7944s   Round 2
11 James Jakes Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m02.1658s   Round 2
12 Takuma Sato Foyt Dallara-Honda 1m01.5776s   Round 2
13 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m02.4736s   Group 1
14 Simona de Silvestro KV Dallara-Chevy 1m01.7670s   Group 2
15 Alex Tagliani Herta Dallara-Honda 1m02.3328s   Group 1
16 EJ Viso Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m02.1986s   Group 2
17 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m01.8150s   Group 1
18 Oriol Servia Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m02.1483s   Group 2
19 Tony Kanaan KV Dallara-Chevy 1m01.9139s   Group 1
20 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m01.8229s   Group 2
21 Graham Rahal Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m02.2709s   Group 1
22 Josef Newgarden Fisher Dallara-Honda 1m02.1592s   Group 2
23 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m02.6537s   Group 1
24 JR Hildebrand Panther Dallara-Chevy 1m02.3179s   Group 2
25 Ana Beatriz Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m03.2551s   Group 1

26     Ed Carpenter        Carpenter Dallara-Chevy     1m02.6634s         Group 2




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