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Hunter-Reay wins, and loses, Edmonton pole

Each of the top three improved their times still further with their next lap, but it wasn't good enough to prevent Alex Tagliani jumping briefly into provisional pole with a lap of 1:176139s before Briscoe was able to responded with a 1:17.5177s.

Ryan Hunter-Reay ran a slightly contrary strategy by leaving it especially late to come out and start his run, but it worked beautifully and he was rewarded by a provisional pole time of 1:17.2338s on only his second effort with just 90s remaining in the ten minute session. Dario Franchitti came close to matching him and was just a hundredth of a second off with his best lap, before then running off at turn 1 as the rain started to pick up again in that part of the course.

Hunter-Reay is recorded as the polewinner and has a bonus championship point and a $10,000 oversized cheque to prove as much, putting an end to Franchitti's run of three consecutive official pole positions; but it's the Scot who will nonetheless lead the field to green alongside Ryan Briscoe on Sunday because of Hunter-Reay's ten-place staring grid penalty for an unscheduled engine change post-Toronto.

Most weather forecasts have been promising a dry race day, but a worrying trend has seen increasing chances of more showers start to factor in to the outlook for the Sunday race that gets underway at 12:45pm local time (7.45pm BST, shown live in the UK on Sky Sports.)

Full qualifying times and unofficial provisional starting grid available.

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