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Mid-Ohio: Qualifying times

A stunning final qualifying lap of 1:05.6474s by Will Power put him almost a quarter of a second ahead of Dario Franchitti, who will start alongside him on the front row on Sunday.
For a moment in the Firestone Fast Six, it looked as though Will Power might be about to lose out in qualifying as he sank to the bottom of the timings. But two final blistering laps followed and absolutely annhilated the competition, his best time of 1:05.6474s more than enough to secure his fourth pole of the season a quarter of a second ahead of Dario Franchitti in second place.

Simon Pagenaud netted another impressive starting position in third, which will see him start alongside Scott Dixon: Alex Tagliani, who set the fourth fastest time in pole shootout, will drop back to 14th with an engine change penalty. That means the third row of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will now consist of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais.

Helio Castroneves took part in the qualifying session despite his morning practice session accident which left him with an injured left wrist. Whether it was the injury or just bad luck with timing his final flying lap, Castroneves failed to progress from Round 1 and will start from 12th place.

Qualifying times

Round 1 - Group 1

1. Justin Wilson (H) 122.972mph 1:06.1029s (6 laps)
2. Alex Tagliani (H) 122.784mph 1:06.2041s + 0.1012s (4 laps)
3. Scott Dixon (H) 122.675mph 1:06.2625s + 0.1596s (6 laps)
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 122.513mph 1:06.3507s + 0.2478s (7 laps)
5. Simon Pagenaud (H) 122.373mph 1:06.4265s + 0.3236s (6 laps)
6. Oriol Servia (C) 122.02mph 1:06.6185s + 0.5156s (6 laps)
7. Helio Castroneves (C) 121.864mph 1:06.7041s + 0.6012s (7 laps)
8. Rubens Barrichello (C) 121.853mph 1:06.7101s + 0.6072s (5 laps)
9. Mike Conway (H) 121.724mph 1:06.7807s + 0.6778s (8 laps)
10. Tony Kanaan (C) 121.61mph 1:06.8433s + 0.7404s (5 laps)
11. James Jakes (H) 121.102mph 1:07.1234s + 1.0205s (7 laps)
12. Simona de Silvestro (L) 119.412mph 1:08.0737s + 1.9708s (5 laps)

Total laps: 72

Round 1 - Group 2

1. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 123.345mph 1:05.9031s (5 laps)
2. Will Power Penske (C) 123.196mph 1:05.9825s + 0.0794s (5 laps)
3. Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 122.796mph 1:06.1974s + 0.2943s (6 laps)
4. Ryan Briscoe Penske (C) 122.697mph 1:06.2512s + 0.3481s (6 laps)
5. Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 122.65mph 1:06.2762s + 0.3731s (6 laps)
6. Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 122.483mph 1:06.3669s + 0.4638s (7 laps)
7. JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 122.464mph 1:06.3768s + 0.4737s (6 laps)
8. James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 122.357mph 1:06.4349s + 0.5318s (6 laps)
9. Takuma Sato RLL (H) 122.347mph 1:06.4404s + 0.5373s (8 laps)
10. EJ Viso KV Racing (C) 122.328mph 1:06.4511s + 0.548s (8 laps)
11. Graham Rahal Ganassi (H) 122.008mph 1:06.6250s + 0.7219s (5 laps)
12. Giorgio Pantano Ganassi (H) 121.262mph 1:07.0348s + 1.1317s (7 laps)
13. Ed Carpenter ECR (C) 118.649mph 1:08.5116s + 2.6085s (7 laps)

Total laps: 82

Round 2 - Top 12

1. Scott Dixon (H) 123.528mph 1:05.8055s (6 laps)
2. Alex Tagliani (H) 123.454mph 1:05.8446s + 0.0391s (4 laps)
3. Will Power (C) 123.392mph 1:05.8777s + 0.0722s (6 laps)
4. Dario Franchitti (H) 123.353mph 1:05.8986s + 0.0931s (6 laps)
5. Simon Pagenaud (H) 123.345mph 1:05.9030s + 0.0975s (6 laps)
6. Ryan Briscoe (C) 123.307mph 1:05.9232s + 0.1177s (5 laps)
7. Sebastien Bourdais (C) 123.275mph 1:05.9405s + 0.135s (6 laps)
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 123.041mph 1:06.0660s + 0.2605s (7 laps)
9. Marco Andretti (C) 122.951mph 1:06.1142s + 0.3087s (5 laps)
10. Josef Newgarden (H) 122.843mph 1:06.1721s + 0.3666s (5 laps)
11. Oriol Servia (C) 122.782mph 1:06.2053s + 0.3998s (5 laps)
12. Justin Wilson (H) 121.942mph 1:06.6613s + 0.8558s (5 laps)

Total laps: 66

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

1. Will Power (C) 123.825mph 1:05.6474s (5 laps)
2. Dario Franchitti (H) 123.36mph 1:05.8950s + 0.2476s (4 laps)
3. Simon Pagenaud (H) 123.343mph 1:05.9038s + 0.2564s (4 laps)
4. Alex Tagliani (H) 123.155mph 1:06.0047s + 0.3573s (3 laps)
5. Scott Dixon (H) 122.983mph 1:06.0967s + 0.4493s (4 laps)
6. Ryan Briscoe (C) 122.791mph 1:06.2005s + 0.5531s (4 laps)

Total laps: 24

Provisional starting grid

1. #12 Will Power (C) Team Penske
2. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) Ganassi
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport
4. #9 Scott Dixon (H) Ganassi
5. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) Team Penske
6. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) Dragon Racing
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) Andretti Autosport
8. #26 Marco Andretti (C) Andretti Autosport
9. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
10. #22 Oriol Servia (C) Dreyer & Reinbold
11. #18 Justin Wilson (H) Dale Coyne Racing
12. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) Team Penske
13. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) Panther
14. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) Bryan Herta Autosport *
15. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) KV Racing Technology
16. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) Andretti Autosport
17. #14 Mike Conway (H) AJ Foyt Racing
18. #15 Takuma Sato (H) Rahal Letterman Lanigan
19. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) KV Racing Technology
20. #5 EJ Viso (C) KV Racing Technology
21. #19 James Jakes (H) Dale Coyne Racing
22. #38 Graham Rahal (H) Ganassi
23. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) HVM Racing
24. #83 Giorgio Pantano (H) Ganassi
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) Ed Carpenter Racing

* denotes ten place grid penalty for unscheduled engine changes
All times and provisional starting grid are unofficial



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Will Power with the Honda Indy 200 pole award after qualifying at Mid-Ohio. (c) 2012  Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power on track at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course ahead of the Honda Indy 200. (c) 2012  Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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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)
Helio Castroneves and Tim Cindric come together after a valiant effort in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Confetti falls on the podium trio Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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