Will Power flies to Kentucky IndyCar pole as Dario Franchitti starts 11th

IndyCar championship leader Will Power gave his title bid another boost by taking pole position at Kentucky Speedway, while his title rival Dario Franchitti was only 11th

Will Power flies to Kentucky IndyCar pole as Dario Franchitti starts 11th

Penske driver Power's two-lap average of 219.283mph allowed him to beat Ganassi's Graham Rahal to the top spot by a relatively comfortable margin. The result is Power's eighth pole of the season - equalling the series' record.

Rookies James Hinchcliffe (Newman/Haas) and JR Hildebrand (Panther) enjoyed very strong qualifying runs to claim third and fifth, split by an equally impressive showing from Sarah Fisher Racing's Ed Carpenter, who took his team's best ever grid spot.

Marco Andretti was Andretti Autosport's top contender in sixth, followed by Ganassi's Scott Dixon.

Behind Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti), Oriol Servia (Newman/Haas) and Charlie Kimball (Ganassi), Franchitti could only manage 11th, his two-lap pace nearly half a second down on Power.

The polesitter was the only member of the Penske trio on the pace - his team-mates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe will start way back in 16th and 18th respectively. KV Racing Technology also struggled, with Tony Kanaan its top starter in a lowly 19th.

Returnee Dan Wheldon's Sam Schmidt Motorsports car did not pass its technical inspection so he was unable to make a qualifying run and will start at the back - just as he will when racing for a multi-million dollar prize at Las Vegas in a fortnight.

The Indianapolis 500 winner will be joined at the tail of the field by Pippa Mann, who crashed her Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry. The accident was much smaller than the Loudon shunt that sidelined her with back injuries on her last appearance.

Pos Driver Team Speed 1. Will Power Penske 219.283 2. Graham Rahal Ganassi 218.348 3. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 218.186 4. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 218.004 5. JR Hildebrand Panther 217.872 6. Marco Andretti Andretti 217.807 7. Scott Dixon Ganassi 217.692 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 217.632 9. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 217.520 10. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 217.357 11. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 217.213 12. Mike Conway Andretti 217.110 13. Simona de Silvestro HVM 216.924 14. Danica Patrick Andretti 216.768 15. Wade Cunningham Sam Schmidt 216.763 16. Helio Castroneves Penske 216.732 17. Buddy Rice Panther 216.685 18. Ryan Briscoe Penske 216.669 19. Tony Kanaan KV 216.484 20. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 216.424 21. Vitor Meira Foyt 216.300 22. Takuma Sato KV 215.856 23. EJ Viso KV 215.789 24. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 215.607 25. Dillon Battistini Conquest 215.578 26. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold 215.404 27. James Jakes Dale Coyne 214.297 28. Dan Wheldon Sam Schmidt 29. Pippa Mann Rahal Letterman Lanigan 
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