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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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