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Will Power back on IndyCar pole in Toronto

Will Power, Penske, Toronto 2011Will Power returned to pole position in qualifying for the IndyCar Series' Toronto round.

The Penske driver had topped qualifying at each of the first four rounds of the season, all of which were road or street courses, but had not managed a pole at any of the ovals that followed.

In Toronto, Power led the way for most of the final Fast Six pole shoot-out, setting a best time of 59.577s to hold off Ganassi duo Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, with Dixon getting within 0.0875 seconds of pole.

Morning practice pacesetter Mike Conway continued his good form to take fourth on the grid, just 0.03s down on Franchitti. Conway was the best of the Andretti Autosport cars, with Ryan Hunter-Reay next up in eighth but Iowa winner Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick way down in 20th and 21st.

Three of the four cars from the Ganassi stable made it into the Fast Six, as Graham Rahal claimed fifth.

Newman/Haas driver Oriol Servia was the final man to reach the pole session, picking up pace for qualifying after a low-key practice build-up and taking sixth.

Sebastien Bourdais showed the best pace of his American comeback so far as he took a very promising seventh on the grid for Dale Coyne Racing.

Top Canadian was Alex Tagliani (Sam Schmidt Motorsports) in ninth, with James Hinchcliffe (Newman/Haas) just missing out on the top 12, and Paul Tracy struggling to 24th in the Dragon Racing car.

Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves only managed 10th and 12th, split by Dreyer & Reinbold's Justin Wilson, as all three found their previous pace hard to replicate when they switched to the softer tyres.

Further back, there was disappointment for KV Racing Technology as its three cars failed to get beyond the group stages of qualifying after flying in the recent short oval events, but encouragement for Sebastian Saavedra, who took 15th for Conquest despite engine problems limiting his practice mileage.

Pos  Driver               Team               Time       Gap
 1.  Will Power           Penske             59.577s
 2.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi            59.665s    + 0.0875s
 3.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi            59.900s    + 0.3229s
 4.  Mike Conway          Andretti           59.933s    + 0.3555s
 5.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi            1m00.046s  + 0.4692s
 6.  Oriol Servia         Newman/Haas        1m00.334s  + 0.7570s
 7.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dale Coyne         59.824s    Part 2
 8.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti           59.871s    Part 2
 9.  Alex Tagliani        Sam Schmidt        59.890s    Part 2
10.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske             59.902s    Part 2
11.  Justin Wilson        Dreyer & Reinbold  59.964s    Part 2
12.  Helio Castroneves    Penske             1m00.011s  Part 2
13.  James Hinchcliffe    Newman/Haas        59.835s    Group 1
14.  Vitor Meira          Foyt               59.987s    Group 2
15.  Sebastian Saavedra   Conquest           59.939s    Group 1
16.  Tony Kanaan          KV                 1m00.015s  Group 2
17.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM                1m00.081s  Group 1
18.  EJ Viso              KV                 1m00.119s  Group 2
19.  Takuma Sato          KV                 1m00.100s  Group 1
20.  Marco Andretti       Andretti           1m00.154s  Group 2
21.  Danica Patrick       Andretti           1m00.344s  Group 1
22.  JR Hildebrand        Panther            1m00.447s  Group 2
23.  James Jakes          Dale Coyne         1m00.623s  Group 1
24.  Paul Tracy           Dragon             1m00.452s  Group 2
25.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi            1m00.646s  Group 1
26.  Ana Beatriz          Dreyer & Reinbold  1m00.792s  Group 2
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