Power storms to pole position in Toronto
9 July 2011 – Will Power will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto from pole position, with the Penske driver setting a time of 59.577 seconds at the Canadian street circuit to edge ahead of Ganassi’s Scott Dixon. The 2010 runner-up was almost one tenth quicker at the top of the timesheets, while reigning Champion Dario Franchitti completed the top three.
Dixon headed the order in Group A, stealing the top spot from Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ryan Briscoe and Justin Wilson with his personal best effort. Britain's Mike Conway, who was fastest in the third and final practice session earlier today, ended the first session in fifth place for Andretti Autosport ahead of home favourite Alex Tagliani - the only Canadian to make it into the second qualifying phase.
Group B featured title contenders Will Power and Dario Franchitti, with the former dealing the first blow. Franchitti wound up second, finishing in front of Graham Rahal, Oriol Servià, Hélio Castroneves and Sébastien Bourdais. A strong performance from Bourdais in the second session looked set to give him a place in the Fast Six, but his time was not quite good enough, meaning he will start seventh.
The battle in the Fast Six was particularly exciting, but Power confidently held his nerve to earn the top spot. Dixon found more speed than team-mate Franchitti to claim second, just in front of Conway, Rahal and Servia. American Hunter-Reay was next up in eighth, narrowly outpacing Tagliani and Briscoe who completed the top ten.
Sunday's race begins at 2.50pm local time (BST -5)