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Hunter-Reay claims pole at Barber

"I was happy to get to the Fast Six," admitted Power. "It was really tight, car wasn't quite there - probably me, as well. But, yeah, I was very happy to end up second. I didn't expect to be there."

It's certainly better than 2012 when he'd started from ninth position - but went on to win the race for a second year in succession. Whether he'll be able to make it a hattrick of race wins at Barber tomorrow remains to be seen, however.

"It's a track-position track, for sure," he said. "I'm not sure what these reds are going to do. Initially I thought they were going to come off, but they hung on pretty well in the Fast Six. I think that will make interesting strategy in the race for tomorrow."

Beside him, Hunter-Reay was also turning his attention to tomorrow's day at the office.

"It's a very challenging track that rewards aggressiveness, but if you step over just a little too far on set up or on driving, it'll definitely punish you," he explained of the 2.38-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. "Making these Firestones hang in there for an entire race, that'll be the challenging part."

Hunter-Reay said that having James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and Ej Viso working alongside him made a huge difference in the team's approach to tackling Barber Motorsports Park: "We had a great test here, three great teammates, four overall all working together in one direction," he said.

"It's a good way to hopefully start our season this weekend," he added.



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Ryan Hunter-Reay crossed the start/finish line during Saturday morning practice at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on his way to winning pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6; and Tony Kanaan (right), driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6; celebrate with Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who raced to victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power finished second. Kanaan finished third. Chevrolet took the top six places in the first race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power clash in the closing laps of the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, March 28, 2015, winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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