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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)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, crosses the finish line as he races to victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finishes second. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Andy Frame/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya is congratulated by his Penske team mate Helio Castroneves after clinching victory in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies second-fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start in the middle of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Power will be joined in the front row by pole sitter Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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