INDYU.S.A.March 26, 2011
IndyCar Series
Round 01: St. Petersburg

Power Claims St. Petersburg Pole

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Will Power continues to lead the 25-car IZOD IndyCar Series field at the Honda Grand Prix of St.Petersburg, qualifying on the pole Saturday for Sunday's opening round in the 2011 championship. Power edged two-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti by three-tenths of a second to claim his 16th career major open-wheel racing pole.

Will Power (Team Penske) Will Power (Team Penske)


Will Power (Team Penske)


Will Power (Team Penske)

Recovering from a crash in the morning practice session; Franchitti will start on the outside of the front row, in second, with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon third. Mike Conway celebrated his arrival at Andretti Autosport by qualifying fourth, with Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Justin Wilson of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing rounding out the "Firestone Fast Six" final-round qualifiers.

Competition throughout the field remained incredibly tight, with fewer than two seconds separating the 25-car field in qualifying. The green flag for Sunday's 100-lap race flies at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Takuma Sato(KV Racing Technology-Lotus) Takuma Sato(KV Racing Technology-Lotus)


Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology-Lotus)


Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology-Lotus)


Will Power (#12 Team Penske Honda) pole qualifier, 1st pole of 2011 and 16th career pole:
“We're starting off the year right, and in a great position for the race. Hopefully, we'll have the right strategy and put together the win. After coming so close last year, we want to win the championship this year and this is the first step in that long road towards our goal.”
IRL IndyCar Series
Round 01: St. Petersburg
line
1 Will Power (Team Penske)
2 Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)
3 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)
4 Mike Conway (Andretti Autosport)
5 Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)
6 Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
7 Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
8 Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology-Lotus)
9 Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
10 Alex Tagliani (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)
11 Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology-Lotus)
12 Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
13 Vitor Meira (A.J. Foyt Racing)
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
15 Oriol Servia (Newman Haas Racing)
16 Raphael Matos (AFS Racing)
17 Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing)
18 Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)
19 Danica Patrick (Andretti Autosport)
20 Ana Beatriz-R (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
21 E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology-Lotus)
22 James Jakes-R (Dale Coyne Racing)
23 Charlie Kimball-R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
24 Sebastien Saavedra-R (Conquest Racing)
25 JR Hildebrand-R (Panther Racing)


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