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Power secures yet another pole

Will Power, Penske, LexingtonWill Power shrugged off his hefty morning practice crash to claim his seventh pole of the IndyCar season in his spare car at Lexington.

Penske's championship-leading Australian was fastest in the top 12 sesson, then after initially keeping a low profile in the Fast Six pole shoot-out, he blasted to the top spot with a 1m07.1997s.

Power deposed Dario Franchitti (Ganassi), who had only just taken first place from the impressive Takuma Sato, as KV's former grand prix driver showed his best IndyCar form yet to claim the inside second row place.

Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay joins Sato on row two, with Scott Dixon (Ganassi) and Helio Castroneves (Penske) completing the Fast Six participants.

Ryan Briscoe was the only Penske driver outside the top six, having ended the top 12 part of qualifying embedded in the Turn 5 tyre barriers after a tangle with Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold) that left the two men remonstrating with each other in the run-off area.

Simona de Silvestro was challenging for a top six spot for the second event in a row when the clutch of her HVM car broke in the pits, leaving her 10th on the grid.

EJ Viso backed up his KV team-mate Sato's strong run with eighth, but after flying in final practice, Mario Moraes could only manage 16th.

There were bigger shocks too, with Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan a deeply unhappy 20th and Friday pacesetter Graham Rahal way back in 26th for Newman/Haas after struggling with terrible understeer.

Debutant JR Hildebrand (Dreyer & Reinbold) will start 18th, alongside Adam Carroll, who is making his second appearance with Andretti Autosport.

Pos  Driver               Team               Time
 1.  Will Power           Penske             1m07.1997s
 2.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi            1m07.2846s
 3.  Takuma Sato          KV                 1m07.4337s
 4.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti           1m07.4411s
 5.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi            1m07.4711s
 6.  Helio Castroneves    Penske             1m07.5370s
 7.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske             1m07.4686s
 8.  EJ Viso              KV                 1m07.4712s
 9.  Marco Andretti       Andretti           1m07.5435s
10.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM                1m07.6190s
11.  Justin Wilson        Dreyer & Reinbold  1m07.6230s
12.  Hideki Mutoh         Newman/Haas        1m07.7490s
13.  Dan Wheldon          Panther            1m08.2415s
14.  Alex Tagliani        Fazzt              1m07.7788s
15.  Bertrand Baguette    Conquest           1m08.3069s
16.  Mario Moraes         KV                 1m07.7821s
17.  Adam Carroll         Andretti           1m08.4825s
18.  JR Hildebrand        Dreyer & Reinbold  1m07.7943s
19.  Raphael Matos        De Ferran Dragon   1m08.5386s
20.  Tony Kanaan          Andretti           1m07.9321s
21.  Alex Lloyd           Dale Coyne         1m08.7818s
22.  Danica Patrick       Andretti           1m07.9779s
23.  Francesco Dracone    Conquest           1m11.3968s
24.  Vitor Meira          Foyt               1m08.0413s
25.  Graham Rahal         Newman/Haas        1m08.0459s
26.  Jay Howard           Sarah Fisher       1m09.5027s
27.  Milka Duno           Dale Coyne
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