Power snags IndyCar pole

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, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

Birmingham, AL - Will Power remained perfect in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying this season by winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Power, who claimed the pole for the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, FL two weeks ago, recorded a lap of one minute, 11.4546 seconds around the 2.38- mile Alabama road course. He also won the pole for last year's inaugural race here.

His teammate, Ryan Briscoe, earned the outside pole to give Team Penske a front row sweep. Briscoe turned a lap in 1:11.7361.

Scott Dixon from Target Chip Ganassi Racing led the way in the second qualifying round, but settled for third in the final "fast six" session.

Penske's Helio Castroneves, the defending race winner, qualified fourth, while Justin Wilson from Dreyer and Reinbold took the fifth spot and Oriol Servia placed his Newman/Haas Racing car in the sixth position.

Reigning series champion and St. Pete race winner Dario Franchitti barely missed advancing to the fast six round. The Ganassi driver came up 0.0016 seconds short and therefore settled for seventh on the grid.

Newman/Haas' James Hinchcliffe looks impressive in his IndyCar debut so far by grabbing the eighth spot.

Marco Andretti was the only Andretti Autosport driver to qualify in the top-10. Andretti will start ninth. Graham Rahal from Ganassi will roll off one spot behind him in 10th.

Andretti's Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Danica Patrick qualified 16th, 17th and 22nd, respectively.

Sunday's 90-lap race at Barber is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. (et).


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