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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
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 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
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 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 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

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Power nips Hunter-Reay for Long Beach pole

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, April 16, 2011


Will Power rounds the hairpin
Bob Heathcote/

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending champion here in Long Beach, turned a fast lap of 1m09.1409s that was the fastest lap of the weekend and looked good for pole position in the final round of IndyCar qualifying. 

But Penske Racing's Will Power, winning two weeks ago in Alabama, dug even deeper and pulled out a lap of 1m09.0649s to knock Hunter-Reay off the pole by 0.0760s. 

"That was definitely a tough one," said Power, who's finished second and third the past two years in the 85-lap race. "I know how fast Hunter Reay is around here from the race last year. He's bloody hard to beat. It's going to be a tough race, but qualifying the way we did I think we put ourselves in the best possible position.

“That was a very difficult qualifying session.  It’s important to start up front here. We’ve just got to be smooth and clean on the double-file restarts. I think everybody is learning how to deal with that. We should be better this weekend.”

The Australian also won the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2008, when the race was sanctioned by the Champ Car World Series.

"It's one of my favorite tracks," Power said of the 1.97-mile, 11-turn Long Beach street course. "I love it around here."

Hunter-Reay's teammate Mike Conway was third just ahead of Oriol Servia, Justin Wilson and Helio Castroneves.

This is Power's third consecutive pole of the season, and 19th of his IndyCar career.  Power has won his 10th pole in the last 12 road course starts.  Clearly he is a step better than all the rest.

The pole is also the 199th pole for Penske Racing in IndyCar style racing and the 398th all-time pole for the team in all forms of racing, a significant statistic for sure.

Ryan Briscoe, who owned the fastest lap in practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, got hung up in traffic and couldn’t repeat his chart-topping lap in qualifying. Instead, he recorded a fast lap of 1:09.824 in the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Honda as he fell just short of earning his way into the final round of qualifying.

"The Penske Truck Rental car has been fast all weekend so it's tough to not make the Fast Six and fight for the pole,” said Briscoe. “We just didn't get a clean lap. A bunch of guys came out (of the pits) in front of me and we just missed the peak of the tires. The (Firestone alternate) reds went off quickly and we just missed it. It's so competitive out there, it doesn't take much. We've got some work ahead of us for the race tomorrow but we're feeling really confident with the car and we know we have the speed. We just need to get through the start and go from there."

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (Local Pacific Time):

8-8:15 a.m. - Firestone Indy Lights warm-up

9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up

11 a.m. - Firestone Indy Lights Long Beach 100 (45 laps or 60 minutes), VERSUS (Live)

1:30 p.m. - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps), VERSUS (Live)


Group 1

Rank Car Driver BLT Diff. Gap
1 12 Will Power 1:09.285 --.---- --.----
2 10 Dario Franchitti 1:09.601 0.3168 0.3168
3 27 Mike Conway 1:09.708 0.4233 0.1065
4 9 Scott Dixon 1:09.786 0.5013 0.0780
5 3 Helio Castroneves 1:09.853 0.5688 0.0675
6 2 Oriol Servia 1:09.907 0.6227 0.0539
7 14 Vitor Meira 1:10.101 0.8164 0.1937
8 34 Sebastian Saavedra 1:10.115 0.8300 0.0136
9 59 EJ Viso 1:10.147 0.8619 0.0319
10 17 Raphael Matos 1:10.348 1.0631 0.2012
11 19 Sebastien Bourdais 1:10.805 1.5204 0.4573
12 18 James Jakes 1:10.859 1.5746 0.0542
13 8 Paul Tracy 1:11.025 1.7403 0.1657

Group 2
Rank Car Driver BLT Diff. Gap
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:09.360 --.---- --.----
2 6 Ryan Briscoe 1:09.510 0.1505 0.1505
3 77 Alex Tagliani 1:09.569 0.2087 0.0582
4 82 Tony Kanaan 1:09.760 0.3996 0.1909
5 06 James Hinchcliffe 1:09.836 0.4759 0.0763
6 22 Justin Wilson 1:09.855 0.4951 0.0192
7 26 Marco Andretti 1:09.940 0.5801 0.0850
8 5 Takuma Sato 1:10.221 0.8615 0.2814
9 38 Graham Rahal 1:10.588 1.2284 0.3669
10 78 Simona de Silvestro 1:10.641 1.2808 0.0524
11 7 Danica Patrick 1:10.784 1.4237 0.1429
12 83 Charlie Kimball 1:10.867 1.5073 0.0836
13 24 Ana Beatriz 1:11.034 1.6742 0.1669
14 4 JR Hildebrand 1:11.263 1.9033 0.2291

Round 2

Rank Car Driver BLT Diff. Gap
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:09.235 --.---- --.----
2 12 Will Power 1:09.357 0.1224 0.1224
3 22 Justin Wilson 1:09.487 0.2523 0.1299
4 27 Mike Conway 1:09.518 0.2833 0.0310
5 3 Helio Castroneves 1:09.548 0.3136 0.0303
6 2 Oriol Servia 1:09.577 0.3420 0.0284
7 10 Dario Franchitti 1:09.604 0.3689 0.0269
8 9 Scott Dixon 1:09.638 0.4037 0.0348
9 77 Alex Tagliani 1:09.650 0.4149 0.0112
10 82 Tony Kanaan 1:09.735 0.5004 0.0855
11 06 James Hinchcliffe 1:09.812 0.5774 0.0770
12 6 Ryan Briscoe 1:09.824 0.5895 0.0121

Final Fast Six

Rank Car Driver BLT Diff. Gap
1 12 Will Power 1:09.065 --.---- --.----
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:09.141 0.0760 0.0760
3 27 Mike Conway 1:09.641 0.5765 0.5005
4 2 Oriol Servia 1:09.683 0.6179 0.0414
5 22 Justin Wilson 1:09.810 0.7448 0.1269
6 3 Helio Castroneves 1:09.842 0.7774 0.0326


WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, PEAK Performance Pole Award): "That was definitely a tough one. I think Ryan (Hunter-Reay) had me there right until the end. He had a left going that was pretty quick. I think he might have blown the last sector. But we worked very hard for that. I know how fast Hunter‑Reay is around here from the race last year. He's bloody hard to beat. You know, it's going to be a tough day tomorrow, but qualifying today I think we put ourselves in the best possible position."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda, qualified second): "It's good to be back in Long Beach. Obviously, I like this place. Pretty disappointed about the session with Will getting by by eight hundredths of a second. Kind of seems to tip his way lately. He's the man right now. But the best thing is it's a repeat of last year; we're starting second, and we won from there last year, so hopefully we can repeat. The guys can a great job preparing the cars. We've come with a little bit different of a car this year, developed it, and it's worked for us. It's been really good, and happy to see Mike up here, too. So things are heading in the right direction."

MIKE CONWAY (No. 27 Window World Cares, qualified third): "I'm pretty happy, considering the last couple days have been difficult trying to get the car dialed in. It  just seemed to come together in qualifying and pretty happy to be in the top three. Kind of wasn't expected coming into it, but it was a good job by the team over the last couple of days keeping their heads up and pushing hard all the time."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 2 Telemundo/Newman Haas Racing, qualified fourth): "Everybody is pushing really hard. It's great, because I'm coming back stronger than ever and the team is in the same place. We're just pushing really hard, and every weekend you see how competitive it is out there. You blink one session, you're 15th. Briscoe himself, he was kind of the man to beat all weekend, and he's 12th. It just shows you have to keep pushing, and this morning that's what I was doing in practice, and I touched the wall, and quite hard, and the mechanics just were able to fix the car just like ‑‑ I left walking towards qualifying and they were still working on the car fixing it but I had no doubt that the car was going to be perfect. They're just great. They've been great at it for 20 years, and the car was perfect. Third row last weekend, second row this weekend, and just very happy that we keep moving forward."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 22 Team Z-Line Designs/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, qualified fifth): "It was a very close qualifying session. I knew on my quickest lap I gave up some time in the turns so if I could fix that we would be right there and unfortunately I wasn't able to pull off the pole position. I want to thank my team and engineers because we made some changes before the second session that really helped me. Hopefully we can make a few more changes tonight and have a good race tomorrow. I was loose in the last qualifying group so if we can work that out, I can make it closer to P1 tomorrow."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA of Southern California, qualified sixth): "It's been incredible. I have to say if you were to tell me today I would be here, I'd say, tell me another joke. It was certainly very tough. I have to thank my ‑‑ well, first of all, the AAA car has been actually difficult. We last raced in Barber where we were hitting from all over the place. But today to be in the top six is very nice. My engineer did an incredible job. That guy, I told him, go have the rest of the afternoon off, just have a piña colada, relax in the hot tub, because whatever you did, the second qualifying to put me in the top six, I don't know, but it worked."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, qualified seventh): "We actually made the Target car a lot better today. It was a little too oversteery and I only got about 95 percent out of it. It was a little bit me and a little bit the car today as to why we didn't qualify better so hopefully we can make up for that tomorrow."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, qualified eighth): "I was on my fastest lap and Power had already done his time and slowed down in front of me. We were going to be around two tenths up on our previous best time so its really unfortunate for the Target team today."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, qualified ninth): "The track is good. Obviously, the Firestone reds are quite grippy, so the lap times jumped up a bunch. The Bowers & Wilkins car is good. We were in the hunt pretty much all weekend long. We just had a little balance issue going on the second reds and not even a tenth would have put us in the Fast 6. It's a bummer. I think we have a car to compete tomorrow and to try and get on the podium. We'll just have to execute everything, stay out of trouble in Turn 1, and survive all the attrition and we should be in greats shape."

TONY KANAAN (No. No. 82 GEICO - KV Racing Technology - Lotus, qualified 10th:

"It is a very tight field, so it was a very exciting qualifying. We got held up on our fastest lap so that cost a tenth which would have put us in the top-eight. From tenth to eighth is really not a big deal. I am excited for the race. I think it is going to be a great race. It is also nice to see all the fans showing up as usually here in Long Beach. Let's see what is going to happen tomorrow.

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing): "Maybe we spoiled ourselves a little last week by getting inside top top-10. When I think of the fact that it's my first time in an Indy car on a street course and the troubles we had yesterday, I guess we can be too upset but I think we had more in the Sprott car. We set a really good time in Round 1 and tried to make a change to make the car better in Round 2 and it made it a little worse and still had the same lap time so I think if we had the same balance with the second set of red Firestone and found more time in myself, the car was quite good as Oriol proved. Congrats to him on a second row start; I think that's great. We did a reasonable job and being the top rookie in qualifying is nothing to frown upon but we definitely would have liked to be in the top-10. The speed was there and we just didn't put it together today. If you get a little bit of traffic from guys just trying to find a gap, it throws off the rhythm a bit. It's a long race tomorrow and we just have to get through those restarts and be there at the end."

E.J. VISO (No. 59 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "I am frustrated about our qualifying session. I believe the team made good progress through the weekend so I expected to be in the top-12. I think the way we worked this weekend was the start of something positive. It is the first time we have worked this way as a team and I think it is the right way. Long Beach is always an unpredictable race. I believe we will have a good pace in the race. The key will be to stay on track, stay clean and the race will come to you."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "It was a tough qualifying session because we could not find the speed we needed. The alternate tire upset the balance and I simply could not go fast enough. I am disappointed. The last race we improved the car in the warm up on race day, so tonight we will review all the data we collected today and work hard to improve the car for tomorrow's race."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 34 Conquest Racing): "It's the most aggressive qualifying run I've made in my life. We were in a very tough group, so I'm satisfied with the position we qualified. Of course I want to improve even more. But from the progress we've made since practice one to where we are now, we've done a great job. We'll continue working and looking towards the race."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing):  "We did much better than last year but our objective was to advance to the second round of qualifying but it is so hard. Our car is good and I felt I put a good lap in but I guess everybody else did too. I'm really proud of the work everybody did here -the car was good, we improved a lot. And like in the past, we're better in the race, we'll get them in the race."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy): "The Venom car was good today and I'm confident that it had a lot more potential. I was on pace for a lap that would have locked up P6 when I brushed the wall and bent the suspension. I owe all the guys an apology because the car was capable of the Firestone Fast Six. Turn one is going to be crazy tomorrow so if we get through there we can put our heads down and go to work."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team "Obviously I'd like to be starting closer to the front tomorrow but it just didn't work out for us today. The frustrating part is that the car is better than our starting positions shows. Track position and strategy is going to be important during tomorrow's race and we'll do our best to make our way up through the field."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Penske Truck Rental): "The Penske Truck Rental car has been fast all weekend so it's tough to not make the Fast Six and fight for the pole. We just didn't get a clean lap. A bunch of guys came out (of the pits) in front of me and we just missed the peak of the tires. The (Firestone alternate) reds went off quickly and we just missed it. It's so competitive out there, it doesn't take much. We've got some work ahead of us for the race tomorrow but we're feeling really confident with the car and we know we have the speed. We just need to get through the start and go from there."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central): "It's pretty frustrating to get blocked like in qualifying, especially on a lap that truthfully I don't know if it would get in or not, but it was going to be a 69.8 or 68.9 and I think that would have got us through. To get blocked like that, so late in the lap. These guys are pros. They know what they are doing. They said they didn't see us, but as far as I'm concerned there's no excuse at this level. It's pretty disappointing because we've been working really hard on the Service Central car and we've been improving and didn't cut it, I guess."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir and Novolog FlexPen): "I think that's my best qualifying performance of the year in terms of what I did behind the wheel, but it's not my best starting position. I think that's a testament to how close the competition is in the IZOD IndyCar Series. I know the Levemir and Novolog FlexPen car is quick for the race. If we can stay out of trouble and run all 85 laps, we'll be in good shape when the checkered flag flies."

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