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Toronto - Qualifying and starting grid

Will Power relished the return to street courses and reasserted his dominance with another pole position, just holding off the Ganassi duo of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.
Penske's Will Power continued his clean sweep of pole positions on street and road courses in 2011, with his fifth pole of the year on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn circuit of the streets of Toronto.

Andretti Autosport's Mike Conway, Service Central Chip Ganassi's Graham Rahal and Newman/Hass' Oriol Servia also made it through to the final round, meaning that the Firestone Fast Six was a shootout between five different teams.

Sebastian Bourdais was also delighted despite just missing the top six cut, seventh place on the grid being a major leap forward for Dale Coyne Racing on the first four road course events that Bourdais contested for the team. But James Hinchcliffe was disappointed to fail to make it through Round 1 at his home event, and said that his runs has been frustrated by traffic and by yellow flags for Charlie Kimball getting into trouble.

Notes - the qualifying format reverted to the version for street and road courses: the 26 cars are split up into two groups according to alternating positions in the combined practice timesheets; the two groups each get 15 minutes of track time in Round 1; at the end, the top six drivers in each group go through to Round 2 which is a single 10 minute Top 12 session; the top six after this go through to the final 10 minute Round 3, the Firestone Fast 6, to decide the positions of the top half dozen cars.

Starting Grid

1. #12 Will Power Penske
2. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi
3. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi
4. #27 Mike Conway Andretti
5. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi
6. #2 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas
7. #19 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti
9. #77 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt
10. #6 Ryan Briscoe Penske
11. #22 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold
12. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske
13. #06 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas
14. #14 Vitor Meira Foyt
15. #34 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest
16. #82 Tony Kanaan KV
17. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM
18. #59 EJ Viso KV
19. #5 Takuma Sato KV
20. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti
21. #7 Danica Patrick Andretti
22. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther
23. #18 James Jakes Dale Coyne
24. #8 Paul Tracy Dragon
25. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi
26. #24 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold

Qualifying times

Round 1 - Group 1

1. #9 Scott Dixon 106.389mph 59.3859s after 5 laps
2. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 106.215mph 59.4830s + 0.0971s after 6 laps
3. #6 Ryan Briscoe 106.157mph 59.5159s + 0.1300s after 7 laps
4. #22 Justin Wilson 106.150mph 59.5196s + 0.1337s after 7 laps
5. #27 Mike Conway 105.956mph 59.6286s + 0.2427s after 7 laps
6. #77 Alex Tagliani 105.635mph 59.8096s + 0.4237s after 6 laps
7. #06 James Hinchcliffe 105.591mph 59.8346s + 0.4487s after 7 laps
8. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 105.407mph 59.9389s + 0.5530s after 9 laps
9. #78 Simona de Silvestro 105.159mph 1m 00.0806s + 0.6947s after 8 laps
10. #5 Takuma Sato 105.124mph 1m 00.1003s + 0.7144s after 6 laps
11. #7 Danica Patrick 104.700mph 1m 00.3438s + 0.9579s after 5 laps
12. #18 James Jakes 104.219mph 1m 00.6226s + 1.2367s after 10 laps
13. #83 Charlie Kimball 104.178mph 1m 00.6463s + 1.2604s after 6 laps

Round 1 - Group 2

1. #12 Will Power 106.447mph 59.3535s after 6 laps
2. #10 Dario Franchitti 105.926mph 59.6454s + 0.2919s after 7 laps
3. #38 Graham Rahal 105.714mph 59.7652s + 0.4117s after 7 laps
4. #3 Helio Castroneves 105.693mph 59.7769s + 0.4234s after 6 laps
5. #2 Oriol Servia 105.594mph 59.8327s + 0.4792s after 7 laps
6. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 105.478mph 59.8988s + 0.5453s after 6 laps
7. #14 Vitor Meira 105.323mph 59.9869s + 0.6334s after 6 laps
8. #82 Tony Kanaan 105.274mph 1m 00.0149s + 0.6614s after 7 laps
9. #59 EJ Viso 105.091mph 1m 00.1191s + 0.7656s after 7 laps
10. #26 Marco Andretti 105.030mph 1m 00.1542s + 0.8007s after 9 laps
11. #4 JR Hildebrand 104.521mph 1m 00.4472s + 1.0937s after 9 laps
12. #8 Paul Tracy 104.512mph 1m 00.4524s + 1.0989s after 7 laps
13. #24 Ana Beatriz 103.929mph 1m 00.7917s + 1.4382s after 9 laps

Round 2 - Top 12

1. #9 Scott Dixon 106.403mph 59.3779s after 6 laps
2. #27 Mike Conway 106.340mph 59.4130s + 0.0351s after 7 laps
3. #12 Will Power 106.329mph 59.4191s + 0.0412s after 6 laps
4. #10 Dario Franchitti 106.007mph 59.5997s + 0.2218s after 8 laps
5. #38 Graham Rahal 105.914mph 59.6519s + 0.2740s after 7 laps
6. #2 Oriol Servia 105.882mph 59.6704s + 0.2925s after 6 laps
7. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 105.610mph 59.8239s + 0.4460s after 6 laps
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 105.526mph 59.8715s + 0.4936s after 7 laps
9. #77 Alex Tagliani 105.493mph 59.8901s + 0.5122s after 6 laps
10. #6 Ryan Briscoe 105.472mph 59.9020s + 0.5241s after 6 laps
11. #22 Justin Wilson 105.364mph 59.9636s + 0.5857s after 7 laps
12. #3 Helio Castroneves 105.280mph 1m 00.0115s + 0.6336s after 8 laps

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

1. #12 Will Power 106.047mph 59.5771s after 6 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon 105.892mph 59.6646s + 0.0875s after 7 laps
3. #10 Dario Franchitti 105.476mph 59.9000s + 0.3229s after 6 laps
4. #27 Mike Conway 105.418mph 59.9326s + 0.3555s after 7 laps
5. #38 Graham Rahal 105.219mph 1m 00.0463s + 0.4692s after 7 laps
6. #2 Oriol Servia 104.717mph 1m 00.3341s + 0.7570s after 5 laps

Saturday Practice 3

1. #27 Mike Conway 105.218mph 1m 00.0468s after 23 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon 105.116mph 1m 00.1052s + 0.0584s after 30 laps
3. #3 Helio Castroneves 105.005mph 1m 00.1683s + 0.1215s after 32 laps
4. #82 Tony Kanaan 104.771mph 1m 00.3029s + 0.2561s after 23 laps
5. #22 Justin Wilson 104.667mph 1m 00.3629s + 0.3161s after 25 laps
6. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 104.665mph 1m 00.3643s + 0.3175s after 27 laps
7. #10 Dario Franchitti 104.532mph 1m 00.4408s + 0.3940s after 24 laps
8. #6 Ryan Briscoe 104.475mph 1m 00.4740s + 0.4272s after 31 laps
9. #38 Graham Rahal 104.416mph 1m 00.5082s + 0.4614s after 30 laps
10. #59 EJ Viso 104.330mph 1m 00.5577s + 0.5109s after 28 laps
11. #77 Alex Tagliani 104.218mph 1m 00.6231s + 0.5763s after 25 laps
12. #06 James Hinchcliffe 104.193mph 1m 00.6372s + 0.5904s after 32 laps
13. #12 Will Power 104.162mph 1m 00.6554s + 0.6086s after 29 laps
14. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 104.018mph 1m 00.7396s + 0.6928s after 30 laps
15. #7 Danica Patrick 103.847mph 1m 00.8397s + 0.7929s after 23 laps
16. #26 Marco Andretti 103.709mph 1m 00.9202s + 0.8734s after 34 laps
17. #83 Charlie Kimball 103.637mph 1m 00.9630s + 0.9162s after 35 laps
18. #2 Oriol Servia 103.632mph 1m 00.9655s + 0.9187s after 26 laps
19. #78 Simona de Silvestro 103.626mph 1m 00.9694s + 0.9226s after 21 laps
20. #8 Paul Tracy 103.610mph 1m 00.9786s + 0.9318s after 23 laps
21. #5 Takuma Sato 103.598mph 1m 00.9857s + 0.9389s after 30 laps
22. #14 Vitor Meira 103.539mph 1m 01.0207s + 0.9739s after 36 laps
23. #4 JR Hildebrand 103.427mph 1m 01.0865s + 1.0397s after 37 laps
24. #18 James Jakes 102.074mph 1m 01.8964s + 1.8496s after 33 laps
25. #24 Ana Beatriz 101.922mph 1m 01.9885s + 1.9417s after 29 laps
26. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 101.471mph 1m 02.2641s + 2.2173s after 7 laps

Total Laps: 723

Practice 1-3 Combined

1. #27 Mike Conway 105.218mph 1m 00.0468s Practice 3 after 65 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon 105.116mph 1m 00.1052s Practice 3 after 65 laps
3. #3 Helio Castroneves 105.005mph 1m 00.1683s Practice 3 after 82 laps
4. #82 Tony Kanaan 104.771mph 1m 00.3029s Practice 3 after 53 laps
5. #22 Justin Wilson 104.667mph 1m 00.3629s Practice 3 after 73 laps
6. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 104.665mph 1m 00.3643s Practice 3 after 73 laps
7. #10 Dario Franchitti 104.532mph 1m 00.4408s Practice 3 after 62 laps
8. #6 Ryan Briscoe 104.475mph 1m 00.4740s Practice 3 after 75 laps
9. #38 Graham Rahal 104.416mph 1m 00.5082s Practice 3 after 73 laps
10. #59 EJ Viso 104.330mph 1m 00.5577s Practice 3 after 66 laps
11. #12 Will Power 104.330mph 1m 00.5581s Practice 2 after 73 laps
12. #77 Alex Tagliani 104.218mph 1m 00.6231s Practice 3 after 58 laps
13. #06 James Hinchcliffe 104.193mph 1m 00.6372s Practice 3 after 98 laps
14. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 104.018mph 1m 00.7396s Practice 3 after 93 laps
15. #7 Danica Patrick 103.847mph 1m 00.8397s Practice 3 after 72 laps
16. #26 Marco Andretti 103.709mph 1m 00.9202s Practice 3 after 63 laps
17. #83 Charlie Kimball 103.637mph 1m 00.9630s Practice 3 after 104 laps
18. #2 Oriol Servia 103.632mph 1m 00.9655s Practice 3 after 64 laps
19. #78 Simona de Silvestro 103.626mph 1m 00.9694s Practice 3 after 77 laps
20. #8 Paul Tracy 103.610mph 1m 00.9786s Practice 3 after 68 laps
21. #5 Takuma Sato 103.598mph 1m 00.9857s Practice 3 after 84 laps
22. #14 Vitor Meira 103.539mph 1m 01.0207s Practice 3 after 91 laps
23. #4 JR Hildebrand 103.427mph 1m 01.0865s Practice 3 after 95 laps
24. #18 James Jakes 102.074mph 1m 01.8964s Practice 3 after 89 laps
25. #24 Ana Beatriz 101.922mph 1m 01.9885s Practice 3 after 94 laps
26. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 101.868mph 1m 02.0216s Practice 2 after 62 laps

Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 1972



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Will Power in the Penske #12 on the way to pole position on the streets of Toronto. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship by hoisting the Astor Challenge Cup Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship by kissing the Astor Challenge Cup Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with his wife Liz Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan with his MAV TV 500 trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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