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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)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate with champagne following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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)
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch to start the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads the field to the green flag to start the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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 wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves wins the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski 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)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA.com Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates winning 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 Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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)

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