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Detroit Belle Isle: Qualifying times

Ryan Briscoe's day continued to be eventful, when he looked to be on a final charge to get into the top six when he brushed the wall with his left rear and caused a puncture that left him crawling back to pit lane, neither he nor Castroneves able to join their Penske team mate Will Power in the Firestone Fast Six despite clearly impressive speed.

1. Will Power Penske-Chevrolet 105.706mph 1:10.498s (4 laps)
2. Scott Dixon Ganassi-Honda 105.685mph 1:10.512s + 0.014s (4 laps)
3. Alex Tagliani BHA-Honda 105.588mph 1:10.577s + 0.079s (3 laps)
4. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt-Hamilton-Honda 105.396mph 1:10.705s + 0.207s (5 laps)
5. EJ Viso KV Racing-Chevrolet 105.06mph 1:10.931s + 0.434s (5 laps)
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti-Chevrolet 105.047mph 1:10.940s + 0.442s (5 laps)
7. Graham Rahal Ganassi-Honda 105.041mph 1:10.943s + 0.446s (6 laps)
8. Ryan Briscoe Penske-Chevrolet 104.963mph 1:10.996s + 0.499s (4 laps)
9. Helio Castroneves Penske-Chevrolet 104.947mph 1:11.008s + 0.510s (5 laps)
10. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon-Chevrolet 104.718mph 1:11.162s + 0.665s (5 laps)
11. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne-Honda 104.461mph 1:11.338s + 0.840s (5 laps)
12. Takuma Sato RLL-Honda 103.771mph 1:11.812s + 1.315s (6 laps)

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

The final six drivers left in contention were Power, Dixon, Tagliani, Paganeud, Viso and Hunter-Reay: not only did that keep the even split in numbers of Honda and Chevrolet runners, it also meant that six different teams had made it into the top six pole shootout for the first time in 2012.

As ever, it wasn't until under seven minutes to go that cars started to come out to play on the 2.07-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle street course. Finally Ryan Hunter-Reay blinked first and headed out with Power, Dixon and Pagenaud in hot pursuit. Tagliani and finally Viso were the last to rouse themselves, cutting it very fine to get three runs in before the chequered flag.

Hunter-Reay's first effort was a 1:12.9466s but Power immediately wiped off six tenths from that to take provisional pole. Hunter-Reay improved but Power posted a time of 1:11.3263s.

Pagenaud demonstrated that he wasn't about to let the championship leader have it his own way by going top with 1:11.2862s, but Viso continued his strong day with a lap of 1:11.0852s.

Then normal service was resumed with first Power going top with a lap of 1:10.7592 and then Dixon going even faster with a lap of 1:10.6700s. Those times proved too fast for Pagenaud whose next next lap was still half a second off the provisional pole.

Dixon and Power went even faster with their next laps as the chequered flag came out while Alex Tagliani put in a flier of 1:10.6684s to steal third from Pagenaud. Viso was unable to improve on his earlier laptime, and Hunter-Reay seemed to have settled for simply being on the third row for the start of the race.

1. Scott Dixon Ganassi-Honda 105.978mph 1:10.316s (4 laps)
2. Will Power Penske-Chevrolet 105.972mph 1:10.321s + 0.004s (5 laps)
3. Alex Tagliani BHA-Honda 105.45mph 1:10.668s + 0.352s (3 laps)
4. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt-Hamilton-Honda 105.191mph 1:10.843s + 0.526s (4 laps)
5. EJ Viso KV Racing-Chevrolet 104.832mph 1:11.085s + 0.769s (3 laps)
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti-Chevrolet 104.288mph 1:11.456s + 1.140s (5 laps)




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Will Power in the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet during pre-season testing at Sebring. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Coke Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a third place finish Sunday, April 25, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon on course during qualifications for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA.com Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races fastest to win the pole during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, finishes second fastest during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Power will start in the front row next to teammate Helio Castroneves who won the pole position. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finishes third fastest during qualifying Saturday, April 24, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Pagenaud and Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power had the fastest qualifying times. Castrovenes won the pole position. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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