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Sonoma: Qualifying times

Will Power will start from pole position at Sonoma, with all three Penske drivers on the front two rows of the grid. The surprise package was Sebastien Bourdais, who will start from third.
Will Power notched up his fourth pole position of the season, with a time of 1:17.2709s (111.115mph) in the Firestone Fast Fix round of qualifying on the 12-turn, 2.31-mile permanent road course at Sears Point in California.

Power will be joined on the front row of the grid by his team mate Ryan Briscoe. However a repeat of the team's 1-2-3 lockout of 2011 was thwarted when the third and final Penske driver, Helio Castroneves, had to settle for fourth place after losing out to a superb lap by Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais.

The top two Ganassi cars of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti will have to share the third row of the grid for the start of Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Their junior colleagues, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball, both failed to progrss from round 1.

The session followed the standard road and street course format, beginning with round 1 which saw half the field running in the first 15-minute Group 1 and the other half in Group 2. After a five minute pause, the top six from each group progressed to the ten-minute Top 12 round 2, with the top six from that round then went through to the pole shootout Firestone Fast Six round 3.

Round 1 - Group 1

1. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske (C) 110.713mph 1:17.5515s (4 laps)
2. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 109.994mph 1:18.0587s + 0.5072s (4 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 109.593mph 1:18.3443s + 0.7928s (4 laps)
4. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 109.550mph 1:18.3752s + 0.8237s (5 laps)
5. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 109.046mph 1:18.7370s + 1.1855s (5 laps)
6. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 108.867mph 1:18.8669s + 1.3154s (5 laps)
7. #17 Sebastian Saavedra Andretti (C) 108.833mph 1:18.8918s + 1.3403s (5 laps)
8. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi (H) 108.824mph 1:18.8981s + 1.3466s (4 laps)
9. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 108.555mph 1:19.0931s + 1.5416s (5 laps)
10. #5 EJ Viso KVR (C) 108.142mph 1:19.3953s + 1.8438s (4 laps)
11. #6 Katherine Legge Dragon (C) 107.808mph 1:19.6414s + 2.0899s (5 laps)
12. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 107.666mph 1:19.7468s + 2.1953s (5 laps)
13. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM (L) 107.017mph 1:20.2295s + 2.6780s (3 laps)

Total laps: 58

Round 1 - Group 2

1. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 110.388mph 1:17.7803s (3 laps)
2. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 109.502mph 1:18.4089s + 0.6286s (4 laps)
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 109.335mph 1:18.5288s + 0.7485s (5 laps)
4. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 109.303mph 1:18.5521s + 0.7718s (4 laps)
5. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 108.984mph 1:18.7821s + 1.0018s (5 laps)
6. #8 Rubens Barrichello KVR (C) 108.934mph 1:18.8177s + 1.0374s (4 laps)
7. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 108.831mph 1:18.8925s + 1.1122s (4 laps)
8. #14 Mike Conway AJ Foyt (H) 108.814mph 1:18.9048s + 1.1245s (6 laps)
9. #11 Tony Kanaan KVR (C) 108.755mph 1:18.9475s + 1.1672s (4 laps)
10. #22 Oriol Servi� Panther/DRR (C) 108.728mph 1:18.9672s + 1.1869s (5 laps)
11. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 108.647mph 1:19.0262s + 1.2459s (4 laps)
12. #15 Takuma Sato Rahal (H) 108.296mph 1:19.2821s + 1.5018s (4 laps)
13. #19 James Jakes Dale Coyne (H) 107.979mph 1:19.5152s + 1.7349s (6 laps)
14. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR (C) 107.751mph 1:19.6837s + 1.9034s (5 laps)

Total laps: 63

Round 2 - Top 12

1. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske (C) 110.733mph 1:17.5378s (3 laps)
2. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 110.668mph 1:17.5831s + 0.0453s (2 laps)
3. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 110.260mph 1:17.8703s + 0.3325s (4 laps)
4. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 110.031mph 1:18.0320s + 0.4942s (5 laps)
5. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 109.964mph 1:18.0800s + 0.5422s (5 laps)
6. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 109.628mph 1:18.3186s + 0.7808s (5 laps)
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 109.605mph 1:18.3355s + 0.7977s (4 laps)
8. #98 Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta (H) 109.492mph 1:18.4168s + 0.8790s (3 laps)
9. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 109.468mph 1:18.4334s + 0.8956s (4 laps)
10. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 109.200mph 1:18.6258s + 1.0880s (5 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 108.975mph 1:18.7885s + 1.2507s (4 laps)
12. #8 Rubens Barrichello KVR (C) 108.713mph 1:18.9788s + 1.4410s (4 laps)

Total laps: 48

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

1. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 111.115mph 1:17.2709s (3 laps)
2. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske (C) 110.880mph 1:17.4347s + 0.1638s (3 laps)
3. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 110.431mph 1:17.7497s + 0.4788s (5 laps)
4. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 109.923mph 1:18.1090s + 0.8381s (5 laps)
5. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 109.778mph 1:18.2126s + 0.9417s (4 laps)
6. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 109.590mph 1:18.3462s + 1.0753s (5 laps)

Total laps: 25

Provisional starting grid

1. #12 Will Power Penske (C)
2. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske (C)
3. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C)
4. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C)
5. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H)
6. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H)
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C)
8. #98 Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta (H)
9. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H)
10. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C)
11. #8 Rubens Barrichello KVR (C)
12. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti (C)
13. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi (H)
14. #14 Mike Conway AJ Foyt (H)
15. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C)
16. #11 Tony Kanaan KVR (C)
17. #5 EJ Viso KVR (C)
18. #22 Oriol Servi� Panther/DRR (C)
19. #6 Katherine Legge Dragon (C)
20. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) *
21. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H)
22. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H)
23. #17 Sebastian Saavedra Andretti (C) *
24. #19 James Jakes Dale Coyne (H)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR (C)
26. #15 Takuma Sato Rahal (H) *
27. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM (L) *

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



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Will Power on track at Infineon Raceway. [Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Pole Winner Will Power shows off his fourth pole award of the season after clinching the top spot for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6; and Tony Kanaan (right), driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6; celebrate with Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who raced to victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power finished second. Kanaan finished third. Chevrolet took the top six places in the first race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power clash in the closing laps of the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, March 28, 2015, winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power at St Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at St Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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