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Power claims Long Beach IndyCar pole

Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport team-mate Tony Kanaan will start on row three after the Brazilian posted his fourth consecutive top ten start and participated in the Fast Six for the third time. It was also only the second time ever that Team Penske put three drivers into the Firestone Fast Six.

"I'm extremely happy," Briscoe insisted, "It's our first Fast Six of the year and I knew, coming into Long Beach, that I had to step it up in qualifying. I think we really did that today. We're making the car better in the Fast Six, but the tyres were just getting older and older, and I wasn't able to improve my time. Will got through without using an extra set of 'reds' and had a sticker set at the end, which gave him a big advantage. But we're right there, and we've got ourselves into good position to win the race on Sunday."

Conversely, Scott Dixon will start a disappointed eighth, with Target Chip Ganassi team-mate - and reigning Long Beach champion - Dario Franchitti only twelfth. It was the first time that a Ganassi car has not qualified for the Firestone Fast Six, even though Dixon extended his series record to 36 consecutive top ten starts.

FAZZT Race Team's Alex Tagliani missed the Firestone Fast Six by 0.0367secs and will start seventh, while Marco Andretti, who bumped Simona de Silvestro from advancing to the second round with his final lap, will start ninth in the #26 Venom Energy car for Andretti Autosport. Dan Wheldon's #4 National Guard Panther Racing entry will complete the top ten after recording his best qualifying result of the year.

"It was a really good team effort by everybody in the National Guard Panther Racing crew," the Briton reported, "We tried a lot of different things in all three practice sessions leading up to qualifying, and we managed to take all the good things from each one. I don't want to be greedy, but if I would have saved a set of the Firestone red tyres, we probably could have run in the Top Six because I was feeling extremely confident in the #4 car."



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