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Sonoma: Qualifying times

26 August 2012

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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