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Power sees off Hunter-Reay for pole

Mike Conway was quickly at the top of the Firestone Fast Six timesheets and was fist under the 70s mark with a 1:109.939 ahead of Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who locked up cutting all the corners at turn 8 in his own early run.

Conway and Will Power both struggled with grip as the session wore on, both losing their rear ends and power drifting as they pushed their cars to the limit. Power still managed to find enough grip to go top with an unbeatable 1:09.065s with two minutes to go and once again clinch pole: while Ryan Hunter-Reay improved his time to take second as the chequered flag came out, albeit 0.076s off Power's time after the car got slightly loose going through turn 10.

Mike Conway continued to run strongly enough to hold on to third place. Oriol Servia left it late to come out on track, but put in a last gasp lap to displace Justin Wilson for fourth, leaving Helio Castroneves pushed back into sixth place.

Practice 3

In the morning practice before qualifying, Ryan Briscoe had once again beaten Will Power for the top time, albeit by just 0.038s. The third Penske driver, Helio Castroneves, was a disappointing 13th place in the final timesheets. Conquest's Sebastian Saavedra was a surprise sixth, while KV Racing Technology showed strong form to put their three drivers Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and EJ Viso in 7th, 9th and 11th positions respectively. The top 19 cars were separated by less than a second.

Oriol Servia supplied the only noteworthy incident of the morning session when he slid into the barriers at turn 6 and damaged the front of his Newman/Haas in the process.





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