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Will Power claims second-straight pole

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TORONTO — Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power earned his second consecutive Verizon P1 Award and fifth of the season by recording the quickest lap of the Firestone Fast Six during qualifications for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Power crossed the start-finish line to complete the lap of 59.4280 seconds on the 11-turn, 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street circuit with 5 seconds left in the 10-minute final segment of knockout qualifications.

Power, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, overtook Rick Mears for fifth on the all-time Indy car list with his 41st pole. Teammate Helio Castroneves is the active leader with 43.

“Starting on the pole is great to keep out of any messes, and obviously Indy car races are never straightforward so it’s just awesome to get the pole. It’s a long (race) day and we’ll see what we can do,” said Power, who has won at Toronto in 2007 and 2010. “You’ve got to drive around here. It’s all man-handling because you’ve got those slippery surfaces in the middle of the corners, so you’ve got to be on the wheel a lot.”

Four Verizon IndyCar Series teams were represented in the Firestone Fast Six. Simon Pagenaud’s best lap in the No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet was .1815 of a second back for his second front-row start in a row and fourth this season.

“Qualifying has not been an issue. We’ve been in the fast six every session since the beginning of the season but it’s executing in the end where things haven’t gone our way,” said Pagenaud, who has secured three top-five finishes in those six road/street course races and is 11th in the standings. “I think we had it but just made a little mistake when the tires were at their peak. But I’m happy with front row. I’m happy for Team Penske.”

It is the fourth race this season in which Power and Pagenaud have started on the front row.

Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon, the winner June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, will be on Row 2. It’s the best start at Toronto for Montoya, who turned the quickest lap of the weekend of 59.4137 seconds in the second segment in the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet.

Sebastien Bourdais, who won Race 1 of the Toronto doubleheader last year from the pole, qualified fifth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet. Luca Filippi qualified sixth in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet.

Only four-tenths of a second separated the drivers to advance to the Firestone Fast Six, and Power bumped Castroneves by 0.0018 of a second. Castroneves, who posted the quickest lap in the morning practice session in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, will start a season-low seventh.

NBCSN is on the air at 3 p.m. (ET) June 14 with the telecast of the 85-lap race. Real-time Timing & Scoring with the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast will be available at Racecontrol.indycar.com.

 

Qualification Results
The Honda Indy Toronto

Pos.

Car

Driver

Manufacturer

Time

Speed

Round

1 1 Will Power

Chevrolet

59.4280

106.314

Firestone Fast Six

2 22 Simon Pagenaud

Chevrolet

59.6095

105.990

Firestone Fast Six

3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevrolet

59.6242

105.964

Firestone Fast Six

4 9 Scott Dixon

Chevrolet

59.8879

105.497

Firestone Fast Six

5 11 Sebastien Bourdais

Chevrolet

59.9012

105.474

Firestone Fast Six

6 20 Luca Filippi

Chevrolet

1:00.2312

104.896

Firestone Fast Six

7 3 Helio Castroneves

Chevrolet

59.8940

105.486

Round 2 / Top 12

8 14 Takuma Sato

Honda

59.9500

105.388

Round 2 / Top 12

9 10 Tony Kanaan

Chevrolet

1:00.0901

105.142

Round 2 / Top 12

10 15 Graham Rahal

Honda

1:00.1241

105.083

Round 2 / Top 12

11 67 Josef Newgarden

Chevrolet

1:00.1323

105.069

Round 2 / Top 12

12 7 James Jakes

Honda

1:00.4576

104.503

Round 2 / Top 12

13 26 Carlos Munoz

Honda

1:00.6849

104.112

Qual / Group 1

14 41 Jack Hawksworth

Honda

1:01.4569

102.804

Qual / Group 2

15 83 Charlie Kimball

Chevrolet

1:00.8553

103.820

Qual / Group 1

16 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

1:01.5959

102.572

Qual / Group 2

17 8 Sebastian Saavedra

Chevrolet

1:00.9926

103.586

Qual / Group 1

18 27 Marco Andretti

Honda

1:01.9907

101.919

Qual / Group 2

19 5 Conor Daly (R)

Honda

1:01.2543

103.144

Qual / Group 1

20 4 Stefano Coletti (R)

Chevrolet

1:02.4000

101.250

Qual / Group 2

21 19 Tristan Vautier

Honda

1:01.5065

102.721

Qual / Group 1

22 98 Gabby Chaves (R)

Honda

1:02.4016

101.247

Qual / Group 2

23 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez (R)

Honda

1:05.0167

97.175

Qual / Group 2

Pursuant to Rule 8.3.5, Car 18 best two laps invalidated in his session.
Pursuant to Rule 8.3.7.1, Car 8 best lap time invalidated in his session.

 

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