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Milwaukee IndyFest (West Allis, Wisconsin): Andretti on pole for Milwaukee IndyFest

"For where we were especially at practice, the front row - I will take it!" he said, while admitting that he was still just a little disappointed at not being able to go one better. "Man, the third time starting second - I mean like it's always the bridesmaid, never the bride. I mean, I want that pole so bad!"

Hinchcliffe and his team mates came close to entirely locking out the front four rows of the grid for Saturday afternoon's race, but in the end their efforts were thwarted by a strong qualifying effort from a driver not usually known for his oval races but who is clearly markedly better at them in 2013.

"Starting third is a good position for us tomorrow," said Team Penske's Will Power. "We've had a good Verizon car all day. I thought we might have enough for pole today but I made a little mistake on the last lap and we just missed it."

That pushed Hunter-Reay down to fourth place and dropped Viso back a row in fifth, where he will line-up alongside Sebastian Saavedra who had put in an impressive performance in the Dragon Racing car to clinch sixth place on the grid.

"I am very happy," said the Colombian. "It's defiantly a great feeling for all of the guys and a huge boost of motivation. It is very important to qualify up front here in Milwaukee due to the lack in passing opportunities.

"We really went aggressive on our first qualifying lap and it paid off," he added. "I am really looking forward to tomorrow's race."

With Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan next fastest on the grid for KV Racing Technology, it means you have to look al the way down to eighth place for a Honda-powered entry, emphasising the dominance that Chevrolet teams seem to have this year on oval circuits.

"It felt good out there," said Josef Newgarden, who was Honda's top man in the #67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car on Friday. "We maximized what we could for today and I think we have an even better car for the race tomorrow, and that's when it counts.

"I'm excited for Saturday," he added. "I think we learned a lot about our race car in practice. We tuned it and made it better from our starting package, which was already good, so we should be really strong for the race."

The remainder of the top ten was filled by two more Honda runners in the form of the Sam Schmidt Motorsport cars of Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier in ninth and tenth, pushing Ganassi's Scott Dixon out to 11th place on the 24-car grid.




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Marco Andretti celebrates pole at Milwaukee. (Photo Creit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in action. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti, driver of the #25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet IndyCar, captures the pole with the fastest lap Friday, June 14, 2013 for Saturday`s Milwaukee IndyFest race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. (Photo by Lesley Ann Miller for Chevy Racing)
Marco Andretti, driver of the #25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet IndyCar, celebrates with the Verizon P1 Pole Award after qualifying fastest Friday, June 14, 2013 for Saturday`s Milwaukee IndyFest race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
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, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate 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)
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)
Sebastian Boursaid crosses the finishing line at Toronto in race 1 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Rain drops on a space nose cone for Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden walks the paddock prior to practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud enters Turn 4 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden waits on pit lane for practice to begin for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden enters Turn 4 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden in action (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe`s car in Canadian mode (Photo By Chris Owens for IndyCar media)
Simon Pagenaud in action (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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