July 9, 2011
Power captures pole for Toronto IndyCar race
By SPORTS NETWORK
TORONTO - Will Power from Team Penske continued his dominance in qualifying on IndyCar road/street courses by winning the pole for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto.
Power, who is the defending winner of this race, topped Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti with a fast lap around the 1.755- mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit in 59.5771 seconds. The Australian has won the pole in the first five road/street courses this season and extended his streak to eight over two season.
"I've never won a pole here in Toronto, and I love this place," Power said. "It's great to be on pole here, but this is a track where you can really pass a lot of cars and move forward from the back, so we still have a lot of work to do tomorrow."
Dixon will start alongside Power on the front row after posting a lap in 59.6646 seconds.
Franchitti, the two-time defending IndyCar champion and winner of this race in 2009, qualified third, while Mike Conway and Graham Rahal rounded out the top- five. Franchitti currently holds a 20-point lead over Power.
"I think my car was pretty fast, but I just missed it a little bit, and you can see the difference," Franchitti said.
Oriol Servia qualified sixth, followed by Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter- Reay.
Canadian Alex Tagliani will start ninth, while his fellow compatriot, Paul Tracy, will roll off 24th in the 26-car field.
Ryan Briscoe placed his Penske car 10th on the grid, while his teammate, Helio Castroneves, took the 12th spot.
Danica Patrick qualified 21st.