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Sato claims pole position at new-look Edmonton

Servia didn't see it the same way. "With two minutes to go in qualifying, everybody is trying to put a lap together - I'm trying to put a lap together. I was doing my best. With the sessions being so short, everybody runs at the end. We were both trying to put a lap in with a minute to go.

"I don't know if he wanted me to just disappear and give him a chance to do it and not me," continued Servia, who will line up alongside Hunter-Reay in eighth place for the start of the race tomorrow. "He was the one behind and he had a chance to slow down the lap before to build a gap and then go for it on the next lap. I understand why he isn't happy, he was trying to do a quick lap but I happened to be trying to do my quick lap too. I understand his frustration, I was frustrated too."

Tony Kanaan also didn't make it past round 2, while both his KV Racing team mates did. He admitted that: "We started with a different setup and got lost and eventually got behind schedule with our car." However he was happy it had proved a "productive day" for the team: "Not a very good day for me, but a very good day for the team ... I mean, we put two cars in the fast six and got the pole with Taku!"

Kanaan will start alongside road specialist Sebastien Bourdais. "It was a great thing to make the Firestone Fast 12 again for the third straight race," said Bourdais. "We definitely improved on our times from the morning practice sessions. I think being rained out yesterday hurt us a bit because it took away a full day of practice on this new track configuration."

The new track configuration was widely praised, although a lot of drivers struggled with turn 1 and ran off during the various Saturday sessions. The corner was described as being almost as difficult to manage as the now-notorious turn 3 at Toronto that saw so many collisions two weeks ago; given that it will be the focus for the still-disliked double file restarts, the first turn could make for a lot of fireworks on Sunday afternoon.

"It's a technical circuit and pretty intense," described Ryan Briscoe. "It's not easy to piece together a solid lap; there are bumps and different surfaces. And so much time can be gained by braking late, but it's so easy to mess up the braking zones."

"I wasn't thrilled about coming back here on the old track, but now it's actually fun and you can race this - I'm glad to be here," admitted Vitor Meira, who starts from 14th after missing out on getting through to round 2 by just 0.0616s by a last-gasp flying lap from Bourdais. "It's a much better track and the race will be much better. The fans will see a lot of places to pass, there's a lot of hard braking, it's smooth - there's a few places where it's bumpy and slick, but that's airport/road course tracks so you expect that."

One of the most disappointed drivers was Mike Conway, who has traditionally been strong on road and street courses but had no pace here. "We've definitely got work to do. We're just lacking grip," he said. "The tires just never really felt like they're new tires. It's not good to start that far back in the race. There's just no temperature in the tires, so we were trying to generate the heat. We'll see what we can do tonight and hopefully move up the field tomorrow."

Conway was also frustrated by a full course caution in his group's round 1 session that was triggered by Ana Beatriz stopping out on track. Conway had not set a fast time up to this point after gambling on finding better grip later in the 15 minute session, and did not have time when the course went back to green to get his red-wall soft tyres up to optimum temperature in the cool Canadian weather before the chequered flag came out.

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Takuma Sato on his way to pole position on the street/road course at Edmonton. July 2011. [Photo credit: LAT Photo USA 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)
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Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium 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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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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