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Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Will Power wins IndyCar pole at Infineon

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, August 21, 2010


Ex-Champ Car driver Will Power pulled another pole position out of his hat of tricks on Saturday.  Starting as third man on the Penske team at the start of the year, Power is now the team leader and has proven to be the fastest Penske driver.
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Will Power broke the IndyCar record by winning his 8th IndyCar pole position of 2010 on Saturday with a time of 1m16.5282s using scuffed soft compound Firestone Tires. 

Power's Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was fastest most of the session but like the rest of the year, Power showed why he is the fastest driver in the Penske stable by pulling a fast lap out of the hat when it counted. 

Ganassi's Dario Franchitti will start third.  Alex Tagliani, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-6.

Firestone Racing brought some of the softest tires in its road/street course lineup as the primary and alternate specifications for Infineon Raceway.  In fact, the alternate tire on which Will Power set his fastest lap, is the softest road course tire Firestone Racing produces. As a result the softer red tires were significantly faster in qualifying than the harder black tires.  That has not always been the case this year.  The teams quickly figured this out during qualifying and switched to the reds exclusively for most of the qualifying session.

Power expressed his thanks to the Penske Team for sticking by him after his accident here last year that resulted in a broken back.

"I have to thank Roger and Tim Cindric for sticking by me," said Power.  "They could have easily just dropped me after the accident because sometimes a driver does not come back as good after a bad accident.  But the first thing Roger said to me in the hospital was to not worry about 2010, we'll figure something out and definitely run you in at least some races.  That was a big comfort to me."

Power barely made it into the Fast Six final round.  With a minute left in Round 2 of qualifying, Power was outside the top-6 by four-tenths of a second to Justin Wilson of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. So he ducked into the pits for a sticker set of Firestone alternate tires and recorded a lap of 1:16.8072 to bump his way into the Firestone Fast Six.

Power, who is now 41 points ahead of Dario Franchitti with four oval track races remaining, needs every point he can get on the road courses because the Ganassi Team that Franchitti drives for is potent this year on the ovals. 

"Us not getting through that second round would have been a disaster," said Power, who has participated in all nine Firestone Fast Six sessions this season. "I knew it was going to be very close for pole here. I’m really stoked to get the Verizon team a record eight poles this season.

"It is important that we start up front here. This is the toughest series I have ever raced in.  It is just so tight now. You can’t leave anything on the table."

Round 1 Group 1 Top-6
Helio Castroneves
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Justin Wilson
Simona de Silvestro
Ryan Briscoe
Raphael Matos

Round 1 Group 2 Top-6
Will Power
Dario Franchitti
Scott Dixon
Alex Tagliani
Tony Kanaan
Dan Wheldon

Round 2 Top-6
Helio Castroneves
Dario Franchitti
Alex Tagliani
Will Power
Scott Dixon
Ryan Briscoe

Round 3 Firestone Fast 6
Will Power
Helio Castroneves
Dario Franchitti
Alex Tagliani
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon


WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, PEAK Performance Pole Award winner): "I wasn't sure I was going to pull it off in the second round of qualifying.  I was two-tenths off from the Fast Six.  I knew it was going to be very close for pole here. I'm really stoked to get the Verizon team a record eight poles this season. It is important that we start up front here.  This is the toughest series I have ever raced in.  It is just so tight now. You can't leave anything on the table."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, qualified second): "It was very consistent. The Team Penske car was very good. We made some incredible changes and made great gains from yesterday. Ron Ruzewski my engineer did a n awesome job. It was one corner. I guess that made the difference. I didn't want to take too much of a chance, but when they told me I was P2, I only had one lap and the tires were already a little bit shot. Good job to Team Penske to sweep the front row. Now we need to be there at the end."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, qualified third): "We're definitely going to try to get (Will) tomorrow. He's did a great job in qualifying. There's no doubt about it. The Target car was probably a 95 percent car today. I think I left a half a tenth on the table myself with a slight mistake. We'll see what we have tomorrow, but I'm disappointed with third today."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team, qualified fourth): "With the tires the way they are, you only have about one lap. The tires we had on the car, we used in the second segment and I missed Turn 3 by a little bit (on my flying lap). The car pushed and I missed 3A. That was the lap. The second lap was good, but it was not as good as the first lap could have been."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, qualified fifth): "I'm pretty happy to be in the Fast Six. P5 is pretty good result for us. We're struggling with the balance and the tires and the wind gusts. It was difficult to get a clean lap. I feel good starting where we are, and hopefully we can get the team Penske car up to the front."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, qualified sixth): "We were a few tenths (of a second) off most of the qualifying. We made a few changes from this morning that helped. Generally, in the Firestone Fast Six we struggled with getting into the corners with grip and kind of backpedaled a little bit. All in all, both Target cars in the top six is good."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, qualified eighth): "We were so far off yesterday that we changed everything in the IZOD car for today and started fresh. So, we really only had one practice session under our belts and I think that was the difference today. We were close, but the road course competition is ridiculous right now. Tomorrow is going to be a great race. We're starting eighth; we can work from there."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven/Dr Pepper Cherry, qualified ninth): "Obviously, missing yesterday's session (because of a fuel pump problem) hurt us today. We did what we could. But, the way the competition is right now, you can't leave anything on the table. With only an hour to work with this morning, we needed to take a bit of a risk. And, when you do that, you've got to be prepared to be a hero or a zero. We took our shot and could have put it in the top six. We ended up ninth, but it is what it is."

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic, qualified 14th): "I think we improved the car since the morning practice but the times are so close that we missed progressing to the top-six and Round 2 by hundredths of a second. The difference between progressing to Round 2 and having a shot at a top starting position and starting 14th is very slim. Still I thought the car was quite good. The team did a good job on the car. A good thing is that we have two new sets of red Firestone tires for the race and I think that is an advantage."

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA- KV Racing Technology, qualified 15th): "It was a very disappointing qualifying, not only for me but for everyone on the team.  It's frustrating that no one from KV Racing Technology made it into the top-12.  We worked last week on improving the car and its seems the changes we made didn't help us this weekend. Today, the track is totally different and that's why we have found it hard to get the right balance with the car.  We'll have to make adjustments and be ready for the race."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 02 NHR/Quick Trim, qualified 16th): "The times are really close but the session was frustrating because I really thought we had what it took to progress to the next round. We made some changes for qualifying and the car wasn't quite as good for me but I thought we would still be able to sneak through (to Round 2) but unfortunately I came out of the pits too close to Hideki and I don't think I got one clear lap. When he went out of the pits right away I lifted way off and still caught up to him. It's frustrating because I think we could have gotten to Round 2."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus - KV Racing Technology, qualified 17th): "I am very disappointed.  We seemed to be missing something fundamental. We couldn't seem to find the right balance and grip out there. When I changed to the alternate (red) tire, I was able to get better grip but that was irrelevant because the rest of the field also improved.  We will go over all the data tonight and prepare for warm-up and the race tomorrow."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, qualified 18th): "It's really disappointing to see the Venom car starting 18th this weekend.  I was on fast lap when I went off and lost some time.  The field is so tight here and every tenth of a second counts.  We'll do the best we can tomorrow with where we're starting but we were hoping for more out of today."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Racing, qualified 21st): "Every time we  go out on the track we make improvements. We made a big improvement for qualifying - I believe we'll be competitive in the race but I hope it isn't too late. We're not starting where we wanted but this is a race where fuel strategy counts a lot, so you never know. I'm a little more hopeful for the weekend after qualifying than I was after the first practice."

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology, qualified 20th):  "We knew we would be in a tough qualifying session today.  We jumped into the top-six early in the run.  But we didn't have the speed to advance to the next round.  We'll have to utilize a fuel strategy for the race.  Last year we came from 14th to fourth.  We will work on the plan tonight and be ready for the race on Sunday.

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team, qualified 23rd): "I was confident we could make it out of the first qualifying session and into the top 12, but it didn't end up working out that way for the GoDaddy team today. I'm going to need to be strong on the start and restarts, and have solid pit stops so we can make up as much ground as possible during the race come tomorrow."

Race Lineup

Results of qualifying Saturday for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.303-mile(s) Infineon Raceway, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:16.5282 (108.337)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:16.5652 (108.284)
3. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:16.9437 (107.752)
4. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.2068 (107.384)
5. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.2109 (107.379)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.3470 (107.190)
7. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:16.9447 (107.750)
8. (37) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.1317 (107.489)
9. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.3181 (107.230)
10. (2) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.3710 (107.156)
11. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.7429 (106.644)
12. (4) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.8280 (106.527)
13. (34) Bertrand Baguette, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.5239 (106.945)
14. (06) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.5187 (106.952)
15. (8) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.6825 (106.727)
16. (02) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.5284 (106.939)
17. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.7112 (106.687)
18. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.6216 (106.810)
19. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.7659 (106.612)
20. (32) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.7533 (106.630)
21. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:17.9149 (106.408)
22. (19) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.0423 (106.235)
23. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:18.3995 (105.751)
24. (18) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.2980 (100.741)
25. (36) Francesco Dracone, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.2262 (102.071)

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