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Power eases to pole position in Alabama

The Australian will be joined alongside Mike Conway as the Briton produces his best-ever IndyCar qualifying performance for Dreyer & Reinbold
Will Power has taken his second consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series pole position of the season after dominating qualification proceedings at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Australian, who currently leads the standings after winning the first two races of the season, was fastest during the first two qualifying segments before securing pole position by a clear half second around the Alabama circuit.

The performance puts him in a good position to make history as the first driver to win the first three IndyCar races of a season, while it would also put him level with Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Kenny Brack alone as having won three races on the trot.

“I think three wins a row is possible, but pretty tough to do,” said Power, who earned the fourth pole start of his IZOD IndyCar Series career. “I just have to keep executing in the races. I guess in a way you probably can relax a little bit more, but the schedule coming up we've got tough races."

He will start alongside Dreyer & Reinbold's Mike Conway, the Briton posting his best-ever qualifying performance to end up in second place ahead of Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon.

Just behind them will be Takuma Sato, the former F1 racer continuing his seamless transition to IndyCar racing by getting his KV Racing machine into the Fast Six session on the way to sixth.

Missing out on the chance to challenge for pole position was Dario Franchitti, despite having out paced Castroneves and Conway during the first qualifying phase. He will start seventh alongside Tony Kanaan, while Ryan Briscoe and Ernesto Viso round out the top ten.

Among those to be eliminated during the first phase of qualifying was Dan Wheldon, the former champion down in 23rd, while fan favourites Simona de Silverstro and Danica Patrick will start a respective 13th and 19th.


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Frank G

April 12, 2010 1:49 AM

As normal Crash is late... still talking about pole position and quali... Here are the results of the race that ended hours ago. 1 Helio Castroneves 2 Scott Dixon 3 Dario Franchitti 4 Will Power 5 Marco Andretti 6 Ryan Briscoe 7 Justin Wilson 8 Tony Kanaan 9 Mike Conway 10 Alex Tagliani 11 Dan Wheldon 12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 13 Mario Moraes 14 Raphael Matos



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