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Power back on full on Toronto streets

Will Power once again proved unstoppable in qualifying on a street and road course, but at the start of the race he'll have Scott Dixon alongside him and Dario Franchitti immediately behind.
Will Power put Penske at the top of the timesheets for Sunday afternoon's 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto, extending the Australian's clean sweep of road and street courses in 2011 with his fifth pole of the year and a time of 59.5771 in the final shootout, 0.0875s ahead of Scott Dixon.

"Man, we really had to work hard for that in the Verizon car. It's really good to win a pole here. I've never won a pole here in Toronto and I love this place," said Power afterwards. "This is such a physical track - it's a real driver's track with all the different surfaces and all the bumps, you really need to wring it's neck out there and that's what I love about it. When you turn a fast lap here, you're really just exhausted."

However, he sounded a note of caution to anyone thinking it would be possible for him to run away and hide during the race: "It's great to be on pole here but this is a track where you can really pass a lot of cars and move forward from the back," he insisted. "We still have a lot of work to do tomorrow."

But while Power's dominance was irrefutable, it seemed to be rather down to the man himself and not the Penske team as a whole, with both his team mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves failing to make it through to the final shootout.

"Unfortunately, we just had a dissapointing second session of qualifying," said Briscoe. "We were strong in the first session ... we didn't touch the car, but when we went back out we just lost a ton of rear grip. It's tough to not make it into the Fast Six, but we'll make sure we have a good car for the race tomorrow and see how we can work our way forward."

"We had a good lap going in the Penske Truck Rental car, unfortunately we went a little too far in what we were trying to do," explained Castroneves for his part. "We definitely have a car that is better than 12th on the starting grid. We have been quick all weekend. Tomorrow should be good, though. We just need to have a good day in the pits, drive smart and let the race come to us."

With five different teams represented in the Firestone Fast Six final shootout, Ganassi were the only team to put two drivers in to the final round, and Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished second and third respectively and will be hot on Power's heels come the green flag for the race.

"Both Target cars were good ... just missed a little," said Dixon, disappointed not to head off Power's latest pole position. "We had a tenth on the last lap and I gave it back on turns five and six. At least we're in the hunting distance of the #12 car."

"It's tough out there, it's very close," said Franchitti for his part. "I think my car was pretty fast, I just had to get into that rhythm of making that brake in that one place," he continued, saying that here was nothing amiss with the performance of the car and instead taking the blame for missing pole on himself. "I just missed a little bit and you can see the difference."




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Tony Kanaan rues a difficult and frustrating qualifying session on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Mike Conway in pit lane before claiming fourth place on the grid for Sunday`s race on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon leads Helio Castroneves on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson prepares for qualifying on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Andretti Autosport`s Ryan Hunter-Reay heads through Exhibition Place on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon`s car prepares to head out for qualifying, with the skyline of Toronto on the horizon.  [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Will Power in the Penske #12 on the way to pole position on the streets of Toronto. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Will Power directs the Penske #12 Verizon car through Exhibition Place on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Boss B - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 4:54 AM

Helio castroneves and ryan briscoe are performing very subpar. they should be maid to support will power's championship bid. ganassi is just so strong. If i were roger penske i would really make a bid to sign graham rahal and drop helio. He has had his chances. Graham rahal is the real american open wheel star, not marco andretti.

Don - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 3:35 PM

Hey Don't Talk. I've heard that Randy Bernard (IndyCar CEO) has had discussions with Paul Dainty about a street race in Perth. It is odd that there is no TV there considering Power, Briscoe and Dixon are very talented drivers and doing well. Whether it's Perth, or they go back to the Gold Coast, I hope IndyCar returns to Australia. Always fun watching them down under and the fans are great. IndyCar is so much more interesting than any other racing, including F1 IMHO.



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