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Mid-Ohio - Qualifying times and grid

Scott Dixon dominated every part of qualifying in which he participated and put in the fastest lap of the afternoon on his way to claiming pole position for Sunday's Mid-Ohio race.
Scott Dixon looked at ease despite the difficult, low-grip conditions at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that caused problems for others and even unsettled road/street course mastro Will Power who could only manage fourth place.

Ganassi's hopes of a front-row lock-out were thwarted in the final minutes of the Fast Six shootout when Power's Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe unexpectedly surged into second and displaced Dario Franchitti to third place, where he will start alongside Power.

Starting Grid

1. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi
2. #6 Ryan Briscoe Penske
3. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi
4. #12 Will Power Penske
5. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti
6. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi
7. #06 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas
8. #77 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt
9. #5 Takuma Sato KV
10. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi
11. #19 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne
12. #59 EJ Viso KV
13. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther
14. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM
15. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske
16. #82 Tony Kanaan KV
17. #27 Mike Conway Andretti
18. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti
19. #2 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas
20. #14 Vitor Meira Foyt
21. #22 Simon Pagenaud Dreyer & Reinbold
22. #34 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest
23. #7 Danica Patrick Andretti
24. #18 James Jakes Dale Coyne
25. #24 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold
26. #17 Martin Plowman Sam Schmidt
27. #67 Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher

Qualifying times

Qualifying consisted of half the field running in the 15 minute Group 1 and the other half in Group 2, with the top six from each group progressing to the ten minute Top 12 session, and the top six then going through to the shootout Firestone Fast Six round.

Round 1: Group 1 - 15 minutes

With no Indy Lights support race at Mid-Ohio to help rubber in the track, conditions at Mid-Ohio were slippery and low-grip from the start and times not as fast as had been anticipated, catching out even Will Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay went top early on, but his Andretti Autosports team mates Mike Conway, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick were all badly caught out and failed to progress to Round 2, and Penske's Helio Castroneves was furious to miss out on going through.

1. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 118.328mph 1m 08.6969s after 8 laps
2. #12 Will Power 118.305mph 1m 08.7105s + 0.0136s after 7 laps
3. #83 Charlie Kimball 117.725mph 1m 09.0492s + 0.3523s after 8 laps
4. #06 James Hinchcliffe 117.558mph 1m 09.1473s + 0.4504s after 7 laps
5. #59 EJ Viso 117.478mph 1m 09.1943s + 0.4974s after 8 laps
6. #77 Alex Tagliani 117.231mph 1m 09.3403s + 0.6434s after 6 laps
7. #4 JR Hildebrand 117.103mph 1m 09.4161s + 0.7192s after 8 laps
8. #3 Helio Castroneves 117.067mph 1m 09.4369s + 0.7400s after 7 laps
9. #27 Mike Conway 116.977mph 1m 09.4904s + 0.7935s after 7 laps
10. #26 Marco Andretti 116.783mph 1m 09.6059s + 0.9090s after 7 laps
11. #14 Vitor Meira 116.783mph 1m 09.6061s + 0.9092s after 7 laps
12. #7 Danica Patrick 115.767mph 1m 10.2166s + 1.5197s after 7 laps
13. #24 Ana Beatriz 115.378mph 1m 10.4537s + 1.7568s after 12 laps

Round 1: Group 2 - 15 minutes

The Ganassi trio of Dixon, Franchitti and Graham Rahal looked in control of the second group from early on leaving Ryan Briscoe and Takuma Sata as the best of the rest. Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais tussled for the final place to go through to Round 2 with it going one way and then the other until finally the chequered flag came out in Bourdais' favour. Martin Plowman struggled in his IndyCar début while Ed Carpenter did even worse in his first road course outing of the year; Simon Pagenaud however did astonishingly well given just 60 minutes notice and cobbled together equipment as he replaced the injured Justin Wilson.

1. #9 Scott Dixon 119.288mph 1m 08.1442s after 7 laps
2. #10 Dario Franchitti 118.822mph 1m 08.4117s + 0.2675s after 9 laps
3. #38 Graham Rahal 118.465mph 1m 08.6175s + 0.4733s after 8 laps
4. #6 Ryan Briscoe 118.395mph 1m 08.6582s + 0.5140s after 8 laps
5. #5 Takuma Sato 118.040mph 1m 08.8647s + 0.7205s after 9 laps
6. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 117.375mph 1m 09.2547s + 1.1105s after 9 laps
7. #78 Simona de Silvestro 117.297mph 1m 09.3009s + 1.1567s after 9 laps
8. #82 Tony Kanaan 117.297mph 1m 09.3013s + 1.1571s after 7 laps
9. #22 Simon Pagenaud 117.155mph 1m 09.3851s + 1.2409s after 11 laps
10. #2 Oriol Servia 116.972mph 1m 09.4935s + 1.3493s after 7 laps
11. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 116.608mph 1m 09.7105s + 1.5663s after 8 laps
12. #18 James Jakes 116.448mph 1m 09.8061s + 1.6619s after 9 laps
13. #17 Martin Plowman 115.707mph 1m 10.2533s + 2.1091s after 9 laps
14. #67 Ed Carpenter 112.320mph 1m 12.3720s + 4.2278s after 10 laps

Round 2: Top 12 - 10 minutes

The field got down to business early as thunderstorms threatened around at the tack as evidenced by the increasingly visible vapour trails streaming off the cars' rear wings. The Ganassi duo once again looked in control while Will Power was very much on the edge and even off onto the dirt as he was forced to push hard to make it through to the Fast Six Shootout.

1. #9 Scott Dixon 119.828mph 1m 07.8370s after 7 laps
2. #10 Dario Franchitti 119.271mph 1m 08.1540s + 0.3170s after 7 laps
3. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 119.242mph 1m 08.1706s + 0.3336s after 7 laps
4. #38 Graham Rahal 119.097mph 1m 08.2534s + 0.4164s after 5 laps
5. #12 Will Power 118.868mph 1m 08.3851s + 0.5481s after 7 laps
6. #6 Ryan Briscoe 118.786mph 1m 08.4324s + 0.5954s after 8 laps
7. #06 James Hinchcliffe 118.203mph 1m 08.7701s + 0.9331s after 6 laps
8. #77 Alex Tagliani 118.080mph 1m 08.8412s + 1.0042s after 7 laps
9. #5 Takuma Sato 118.039mph 1m 08.8653s + 1.0283s after 7 laps
10. #83 Charlie Kimball 118.037mph 1m 08.8665s + 1.0295s after 8 laps
11. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 117.960mph 1m 08.9115s + 1.0745s after 7 laps
12. #59 EJ Viso 117.907mph 1m 08.9427s + 1.1057s after 8 laps

Round 3: Firestone Fast 6 - 10 minutes

Scott Dixon's domination of qualifying continued and he was comfortably at the top of the timesheets as the weather just about held off despite light drizzle at points around the circuit. However, his team mate Dario Franchitti was bumped off the front row in the last seconds by a flying lap from Ryan Briscoe, while Will Power's best effort put him in fourth.

1. #9 Scott Dixon 119.405mph 1m 08.0776s after 7 laps
2. #6 Ryan Briscoe 118.954mph 1m 08.3359s + 0.2583s after 9 laps
3. #10 Dario Franchitti 118.839mph 1m 08.4016s + 0.3240s after 8 laps
4. #12 Will Power 118.805mph 1m 08.4212s + 0.3436s after 8 laps
5. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 118.531mph 1m 08.5796s + 0.5020s after 9 laps
6. #38 Graham Rahal 118.250mph 1m 08.7423s + 0.6647s after 9 laps

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Ryan Hunter-Reay waits in the pits for his car to be prepared at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before qualifying - August 2011. [Photo credit: Dan Helrigel for IndyCar Media]
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