Will Power leads a Penske clean sweep of the top three in IndyCar qualifying at Sears Point

Will Power led an all-Penske top three to take pole position for Sunday's IndyCar race at Sears Point with a dominant performance in qualifying

Will Power leads a Penske clean sweep of the top three in IndyCar qualifying at Sears Point

Power, who won at the California road course last year, set the benchmark with a 1m18.6017s effort that proved well beyond the reach of any of his rivals.

Helio Castroneves came closest, albeit almost 0.5s in arrears, while Ryan Briscoe was third fastest.

"We were just smart with our tyres in the first two rounds, and we knew we had to lay one down in the third round, and we did that," said Power after securing his sixth pole position of the season.

"It's important here - it's tough to pass - but a Penske 1-2-3 is very good. We've got two guys between us and the Target [Ganassi] cars, and that's what we need."

Championship leader Dario Franchitti will line up alongside Briscoe on the second row after failing to find the gains he needed from the softer 'red' tyres, with his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon right behind him in fifth.

Rookie Jamies Hinchcliffe rounded out the top six with a great performance in his Newman/Haas car.

Britain's Mike Conway was a strong seventh for Andretti Autosport ahead of Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne), with Ernesto Viso (KV) and Ana Beatriz (Dreyer & Reinbold) rounding out the top 10.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 1m18.602s (Q4) 2. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m19.092s (Q4) + 0.490s 3. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m19.111s (Q4) + 0.505s 4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m19.164s (Q4) + 0.545s 5. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m19.389s (Q4) + 0.788s 6. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m19.545s (Q4) + 0.853s 7. Mike Conway Andretti 1m18.939s (Q3) + 0.337s 8. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m18.971s (Q3) + 0.370s 9. Ernesto Viso KV 1m19.072s (Q3) + 0.471s 10. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m19.110s (Q3) + 0.508s 11. Giorgio Pantano Dreyer & Reinbold 1m19.241s (Q3) + 0.640s 12. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m19.803s (Q3) + 1.202s 13. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m19.331s (Q2) + 0.729s 14. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m19.378s (Q2) + 0.770s 15. Martin Plowman AFS/Sam Schmidt 1m19.379s (Q1) + 0.776s 16. Takuma Sato KV 1m19.384s (Q1) + 0.719s 17. James Jakes (Dale Coyne) 1m19.474s (Q1) + 0.873s 18. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m19.396s (Q1) + 0.739s 19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m19.640s (Q1) + 1.039s 20. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m19.465s (Q1) + 0.864s 21. Tony Kanaan KV 1m19.727s (Q1) + 1.125s 22. Simon Pagenaud Dreyer & Reinbold 1m19.564s (Q1) + 0.962s 23. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m19.752s (Q1) + 1.150s 24. Ho-Pin Tung Sam Schmidt Dragon 1m19.589s (Q1) + 0.988s 25. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m19.785s (Q1) + 1.184s 26. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m19.835s (Q1) + 1.233s 27. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 1m20.627s (Q1) + 2.713s 28. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m20.121s (Q1) + 1.837s 
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