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IndyCar Long Beach 2013: Qualifying times

Dario Franchitti bounced back from an abysmal start to the 2013 season to claim pole position at Long Beach ahead of qualifying favourites Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power
Dario Franchitti will start from pole position after the Ganassi driver finally started to look like being back to something like his old self with a terrific flying lap in the Firestone Fast Six Shootout for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Franchitti topped his Round 1 group but then fell to third in Round 2 behind Mike Conway and Will Power, before finding something extra in the Firestone Fast Six to claim pole with a time of 1:07.2379s on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will line up alongside the Scot at the head of the grid for Sunday's race.

Qualifying had taken the usual format for road and street course races in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with the field split into two groups for Round 1. The top six from each group progressed to Round 2, and the fastest half dozen cars in that round went on to compete for pole position in the Firestone Fast Six.

The first group in Round 1 proceeded without incident, although Justin Wilson was unable to set a time as the Dale Coyne Racing time were forced to make a change to the rear wing to comply with the rules and were unable to complete the work before the end of the 10 minute session. As well as pace setter Franchitti, the other drivers to make it through successfully from the group were Mike Conway, Takuma Sato, Tony Kanaan, EJ Viso and Graham Rahal; James Jakes was the fastest of the drivers to fail to progress.

The second group's time on track was truncated when Scott Dixon spun with a little over two minutes remaining in the session and Oriol Servià hit the tyres trying to avoid the stricken #9 car. A red flag came out which prevented many drivers from carrying out their final flying laps and left Will Power at the top of the times ahead of Andretti Autosports duo James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay with Charlie Kimball, Helio Castroneves and JR Hildebrand also progressing and AJ Allmendinger narrowly missing out. Dixon had originally held the fourth fastest time when the caution came out, but lost his two fastest laps for being the cause of the red, while Marco Andretti had also been set to progress before being penalised for impeding Hildebrand.

There were no incidents or penalties in Round 2, which saw Mike Conway pip Will Power to the top time and Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves all make it through to the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout. James Hinchcliffe missed the cut by just 0.0019s.

The pole shootout was a typically fast and furious affair, with Dario Franchitti holding the early provisional pole but then looking likely to be knocked off the top by the late-joining Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power. Instead, it was the Scot who had the final laugh by posting a final flier to go top by 0.0555s over Hunter-Reay with Power a further tenth of a second back. Takuma Sato will start the race alongside Power on the second row of the grid.

Sunday's race starts at 1.45pm (9.45pm BST) and is preceded by a short 30-minute warm-up session in the morning at 9am (5pm BST).

Round 1 - Group 1

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.216mph 1:07.3356s (6 laps)
2. #17 Mike Conway RLL (H) 104.854mph 1:07.5681s + 0.2325s (7 laps)
3. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 104.817mph 1:07.5920s + 0.2564s (6 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 104.645mph 1:07.7030s + 0.3674s (5 laps)
5. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 104.543mph 1:07.7695s + 0.4339s (4 laps)
6. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 104.404mph 1:07.8597s + 0.5241s (7 laps)
7. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 104.313mph 1:07.9185s + 0.5829s (7 laps)
8. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 104.215mph 1:07.9823s + 0.6467s (6 laps)
9. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 104.191mph 1:07.9979s + 0.6623s (6 laps)
10. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) 103.957mph 1:08.1512s + 0.8156s (6 laps)
11. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) 103.518mph 1:08.4404s + 1.1048s (6 laps)
12. #18 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne (H) 101.337mph 1:09.9133s + 2.5777s (7 laps)
13. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) No time (0 laps)

Total laps: 73

Round 1 - Group 2

1. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 104.888mph 1:07.5461s (5 laps)
2. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 104.584mph 1:07.7425s + 0.1964s (5 laps)
3. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 104.363mph 1:07.8861s + 0.3400s (5 laps)
4. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 104.336mph 1:07.9039s + 0.3578s (6 laps)
5. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 104.127mph 1:08.0403s + 0.4942s (5 laps)
6. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 103.991mph 1:08.1290s + 0.5829s (5 laps)
7. #2 AJ Allmendinger Penske (C) 103.883mph 1:08.2001s + 0.6540s (5 laps)
8. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 103.795mph 1:08.2579s + 0.7118s (5 laps)
9. #22 Oriol Servià Panther/DRR (C) 103.747mph 01:08.2889s + 0.7428s (5 laps)
10. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing (C) 103.704mph 1:08.3173s + 0.7712s (4 laps)
11. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 103.212mph 1:08.6431s + 1.0970s (4 laps)
12. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) 102.631mph 1:09.0318s + 1.4857s (7 laps)
13. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 102.012mph 1:09.4506s + 1.9045s (6 laps)
14. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 101.69mph 1:09.6706s + 2.1245s (6 laps)

Total laps: 73

Round 2 - Top 12

1. #17 Mike Conway RLL (H) 105.438mph 1:07.1937s (5 laps)
2. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 105.332mph 1:07.2619s + 0.0682s (4 laps)
3. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.322mph 1:07.2683s + 0.0746s (7 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 105.258mph 1:07.3092s + 0.1155s (6 laps)
5. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 105.193mph 1:07.3505s + 0.1568s (6 laps)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 105.063mph 1:07.4339s + 0.2402s (5 laps)
7. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 105.06mph 1:07.4358s + 0.2421s (6 laps)
8. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 104.822mph 1:07.5891s + 0.3954s (5 laps)
9. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 104.757mph 1:07.6306s + 0.4369s (7 laps)
10. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 104.618mph 1:07.7209s + 0.5272s (4 laps)
11. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 104.527mph 1:07.7799s + 0.5862s (5 laps)
12. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 104.511mph 1:07.7902s + 0.5965s (4 laps)

Total laps: 64

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 105.369mph 1:07.2379s (6 laps)
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 105.282mph 1:07.2934s + 0.0555s (3 laps)
3. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 105.118mph 1:07.3987s + 0.1608s (3 laps)
4. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 105.042mph 1:07.4472s + 0.2093s (6 laps)
5. #17 Mike Conway RLL (H) 104.806mph 1:07.5994s + 0.3615s (5 laps)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 104.235mph 1:07.9698s + 0.7319s (5 laps)

Total laps: 28

Starting grid - unofficial

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) Round 3
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) Round 3
3. #12 Will Power Penske (C) Round 3
4. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) Round 3
5. #17 Mike Conway RLL (H) Round 3
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) Round 3
7. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) Round 2
8. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) Round 2
9. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) Round 2
10. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) Round 2
11. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) Round 2
12. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) Round 2
13. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) Round 1 - Group 1
14. #2 AJ Allmendinger Penske (C) Round 1 - Group 2
15. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) Round 1 - Group 1
16. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) Round 1 - Group 2
17. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) Round 1 - Group 1
18. #22 Oriol Servià Panther/DRR (C) Round 1 - Group 2
19. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) Round 1 - Group 1
20. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing (C) Round 1 - Group 2
21. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) Round 1 - Group 1
22. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) Round 1 - Group 2
23. #18 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne (H) Round 1 - Group 1
24. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) Round 1 - Group 2
25. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) Round 1 - Group 1
26. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) Round 1 - Group 2
27. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) Round 1 - Group 2



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Simon Pagenaud during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Pit lane during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
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The field scatters as the drivers avoid the cars of Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team celebrate after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon poses with the trophies after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon toasts his success in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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