Will Power earned his second PEAK Performance Pole Award of the 2009 IndyCar season by posting the quickest lap in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying session at Edmonton City Centre Airport.

The Australian, driving the #12 Penske Truck Rental entry in one his limited outings, turned a lap of 1min 01.0133secs to return to the top of the timesheets ahead of Penske team-mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves. It was the quickest lap of the weekend and came in the final moments of the ten-minute shoot-out that sets the first three rows on road and street courses.

Power also qualified on the pole at Long Beach - the race where he began the weekend in Castroneves' car before switching to the #12 for the first time - and has been involved in every Firestone Fast Six session he has been eligible for in 2009.

"It's very tough qualifying here, and I'm physically exhausted," he admitted, "To do that lap, I'm very tired by the end of it, but it was a very good result. The starting position gives you an advantage, but you've really got to use it. As you can see in these races, anything can happen. I just hope to have a clean race tomorrow in the Penske Truck Rental car. I'd love to win one before the next few races that I get to compete in. Tomorrow would be nice.

"I'm very happy to have a 1-2-3 qualifying result for Penske Racing - it just shows what a good team I'm with. None of us have really had to make too many changes this weekend. The cars have been spot on."

Power will start next to Briscoe, last year's polesitter, after the Australian recorded his second front-row start in the past three street or road course events in the No. 6 Team Penske car.

"I would have liked the pole, but the important thing is that we're at the front and the Team Penske car is very fast," Briscoe admitted, "It's really handling well around this Edmonton track, so it really makes us feel good going into the race tomorrow. It is a little bit frustrating because we didn't get everything out of the new tyres that we could have - I felt like there was a little bit more to lose than to gain by hanging it out too much - but it's still awesome."

Penske stalwart Castroneves completed the team's sweep of qualifying, recording his best qualifying performance on a road or street course this year by bettering the eighth he took at late notice in Long Beach.

"For a moment, I forgot how fun it was to fight for pole but, let me tell you, Team Penske is awesome," the Brazilian bubbled, "They did a great job putting three cars in the top positions. That's what happens when you have three guys that step on the gas, you get excitement and it makes you push as hard as you can. I'm happy and we will be ready for a strong race on Sunday."

Castroneves will join reigning champion - and Edmonton winner - Scott Dixon on row two, while the Kiwi's team-mate, and current series points leader, Dario Franchitti will line up on row three, outside Newman/Haas/Lanigan's Graham Rahal, who has made the Fast Six four times in five races this season. Franchitti, however, remains the only driver to be in every Firestone Fast Six group this year.

"We started the third round [of qualifying] on the old 'reds' and we probably could have gone a little bit quicker - but we wouldn't have done a 1min 01.2," Rahal admitted, "We decided early on that, if we weren't going to get enough out of it, we were going to come in early and put on a set of 'blacks', but it felt like the left rear was loose when we did. It felt so loose in the right handers that it felt like something was broken, so we pitted and didn't really make our second run in the final round of qualifying."

Mario Moraes, Raphael Matos, Paul Tracy and Robert Doornbos made up the top ten qualifiers, with the Canadian happy with his lot after improving on Toronto.

"I was happy with the car," Tracy reported, "I ran my fastest lap in the first round as, unfortunately, the track changed a little bit between the sessions, and I developed some oversteer. We didn't change anything on the car, the track changed on us. It is so tight from sixth to ninth, where I am, that we missed the Firestone Fast Six by just a tenth, which is a shame. It is super competitive out there, but I know I have a great race car for tomorrow."

IndyCar veteran Tony Kanaan's qualifying malaise continued in 13th spot, while Watkins Glen winner Justin Wilson will start two places further back. Local favourite Alex Tagliani will roll off from 17th spot, while Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon - who crashed in Friday practice - made the field in 20th and 22nd respectively.

"It was a disappointing day for Team 7-Eleven," Kanaan sighed, "We are looking for answers and this is a time for us to keep our heads and work together as a team. The easiest thing for any of us to do on a day like this is point fingers. We'll keep working and that's all we can do, one race weekend at a time. Hopefully, we can pull something out tomorrow."