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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

Related Pictures

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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)
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) celebrates winning the 2016 IndyCar title with victory at Sonoma   [pic credit: Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Simon Penske - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Bret Kelley]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [image credit: IndyCar Media/Bret Kelley]

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