Power secures yet another pole
|By Matt Beer||Saturday, August 7th 2010, 17:54 GMT|
Will 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