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Hornish leads all-Penske front row

Sam Hornish Jr will start on pole position for the opening round of the IRL IndyCar Series, with his team-mate Helio Castroneves completing an all-Penske front row

In a session where the entire field was covered by 0.8 seconds, Hornish was over 0.2 seconds quicker than the fastest non-Penske.

"I didn't think we were going to be able to run as fast as we did," said Hornish. "I'm really proud of my Team Penske crew, they've done a great job for me and they've really hung in there these past couple of years."

"It's a great team effort," Castroneves added. "Sam and I have been working really hard together. He took a few more chances than me and it paid off for him."

Danica Patrick emerged as best of the rest in third place for Rahal-Letterman Racing, ahead of former champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

Last year's champion (and Homestead winner) Dan Wheldon was eighth quickest, but like most of the field he was not too concerned about his qualifying position.

"It was a little slower than we would have liked, but we've been working on trying to get a good race car and I think we have," said Wheldon.

Qualifying times from Homestead:

Pos  Driver             Team               Chassis  Time
 1.  Sam Hornish Jr     Penske             Dallara  24.4625
 2.  Helio Castroneves  Penske             Dallara  24.5131
 3.  Danica Patrick     Rahal-Letterman    Panoz    24.6589
 4.  Scott Dixon        Ganassi            Dallara  24.6622
 5.  Tony Kanaan        Andretti-Green     Dallara  24.7296
 6.  Buddy Rice         Rahal-Letterman    Panoz    24.7600
 7.  Dario Franchitti   Andretti-Green     Dallara  24.7664
 8.  Dan Wheldon        Ganassi            Dallara  24.7725
 9.  Paul Dana          Rahal-Letterman    Panoz    24.7967
10.  Felipe Giaffone    Foyt               Dallara  24.8117
11.  Bryan Herta        Andretti-Green     Dallara  24.8192
12.  Tomas Scheckter    Vision             Dallara  24.8337
13.  Ed Carpenter       Vision             Dallara  24.8399
14.  Kosuke Matsuura    Fernandez          Dallara  24.8432
15.  Scott Sharp        Fernandez          Dallara  24.8896
16.  Eddie Cheever      Cheever            Dallara  24.9690
17.  Marco Andretti     Andretti-Green     Dallara  24.9813
18.  Buddy Lazier       Dreyer & Reinbold  Dallara  24.9878
19.  Vitor Meira        Panther            Dallara  24.9892
20.  P.J. Chesson       Hemelgarn          Dallara  25.2025

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