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After Toronto
Driver Standings

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

Wins
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
Power pips Rahal for pole in Baltimore

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, September 03, 2011

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A happy Will Power
Before packed grandstands Penske Racing's Will Power dug a little deeper after failing on his previous 4 laps and took pole position away from American Graham Rahal by 0.07s for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix at Camden Yards. 

Rahal put up the fast lap early the 15-min session in his Ganassi machine and it withstood challenge after challenge until Power's final lap. 

Ryan Briscoe will start 3rd, followed Dario Franchitti and Sebastian Bourdais.

Rahal was disappointed not getting pole but he took it all in stride. "I love this track said Rahal, it challenges you every lap and keeps asking for more.  I like street circuits in general and this one is really good."

Power, who was 0.0081 of a second behind at the time, recorded the quickest lap of 1 minute, 20.2447 seconds on his fifth and final lap of the 10-minute session to earn his seventh PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season and 23rd of his Indy car career (tying Johnny Rutherford on the all-time list).

"The final run was absolutely everything I had in me and it was exhausting," said Power, who is 25 points behind championship front-runner Dario Franchitti entering the 75-lap race Sept. 4. "I think that securing the pole position is an advantage here because you don't have to worry about trying to pass, and since it is a street circuit there can be a lot of yellows.

"We are going to try to lead as many laps as we can and gain the points we need for the championship. We have to keep chipping away at it."

Still, Rahal will make his highest start of the season in the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car and highest since Milwaukee in June 2009.

Ryan Briscoe and Franchitti will share Row 2, while Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be on the third row. It was Bourdais' and Dale Coyne Racing's first visit to the Firestone Fast  this season.

The top six were separated by 0.7648 of a second on the 2-mile, 12-turn course.

QUALIFYING QUOTES:

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 34 Bogata Es Mundial/Conquest Racing): "It was a tough qualifying session for us. We got a bit lost during this morning's practice and went back on the changes we made overnight, unfortunately for us everyone continues to improve and we were left a bit behind on developing the car. It's a long race tomorrow and I'm on survival mode, I believe there's going to be lots of yellows and I will take good advantage out of them. We will keep working tonight to improve the car and I'm looking forward to a better warm-up session tomorrow morning."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co/A.J. Foyt Racing): "It's better than Sonoma last week but it's tough to be so close to transferring and missing it again. But we are back to where we were with a good solid car on the street courses so at least we're back in the game. There was a lot of frustration in Sonoma but that's fading now. We still need a good run in the race then everyone will be pumped up."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell V-Power Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske): "This was a tough qualifying on a tough track here in Baltimore. We had a great start yesterday in the Shell V-Power Pennzoil Ultra car, but in the second session in qualifying it was like we got one lap right and the next one not so right. I was really pushing it at the end but we couldn't quite get the time we needed to make the top six. We know we're starting in the top 10 tomorrow and I like our race setup. I said it before, I think it's going to be a very interesting race."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 07 Team REDLINE Xtreme): "I'm a little disappointed. We didn't have a clear lap and we had some brake issues. We need to look over it and see what we can do for tomorrow."

GIORGIO PANTANO (No. 22 Roll Coater): "I'm not happy because it was raining a little bit and then Indy Lights went out and they took away all of the rubber. The track was really slippery in the beginning. I tried to wait a little bit before going out and the times were just coming up. It was disappointing because the longer you could stay out the better, but unfortunately we just missed out in the end. Hopefully tomorrow we can have a good race and bring home a positive result."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "It was kind of strange in the second session. We were fast in the first round and I'm not sure what happened. We bounced back this morning from the incident yesterday and looks like we're starting tenth tomorrow and will try to bring the Target car up from there."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske): "The final run was absolutely everything I had in me and it was exhausting! I thought it was a very tough lap. I think that securing the pole position is an advantage here because you don't have to worry about trying to pass and since it is a street circuit there can be a lot of yellows. We are going to try to lead as many laps as we can and gain the points we need for the Championship. Verizon Team Penske will get a point for the pole position today and we have to keep chipping away at it.

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 24 Team Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold): "We are really struggling this weekend. The track is really rough and tough and I didn't really adapt myself well. I think that I'm improving, but we're not where we need to be. We'll work on it tonight and I'll compare with my teammates to see what we need to do for the race. Hopefully we can get a good balance and have a clean race and finish well."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing): "I'm really upset because we made some changes and the Telemundo car felt good in qualifying. I just knew I had to push early and it was my second lap and I touched the wall in Turn 12. The tires were still a little cold and I just tried to push too soon. Then we changed the tire, went back out and a yellow came out so I only got one lap time after it went green. On top of that I also got confused on my splits and I thought I was in (the top-six) with three corners to go. It's not like I took it easy (after that) but I didn't want to take too much risk but we ended up only a tenth-and-a half (of a second) off. I'm really upset with myself. The car felt good. It's tough to pass here and this didn't make our race any easier. The car felt good and I think the pit windows are big enough, and there is going to be plenty of yellows so we have to be active and decide what to do with pit strategy soon. But the team is pretty good at that so I am confident."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing): "It was pretty embarrassing to be honest. The struggle is I've got no real reason why we aren't starting higher. It's not that we got the setup completely wrong and missed the balance. It's not that I was making a lot of mistakes, the speed just wasn't there. It's kind of mystifying. We ran a tenth slower than we did in practice and we had red tires. There is not a whole lot to say. It's not what we expected. It's not what we wanted. Frankly, it's not what we deserved. We should have been better than that. It's one of those crazy things in racing where it just doesn't go your way. We will have a deep look at it and see what we can find. We certainly put ourselves in position for a long afternoon tomorrow."

MIKE CONWAY (No. 27 Team Buffalo Wild Wings: "I'm a bit disappointed we didn't make the top six obviously, but the car's not too bad. I think we need to work a little bit on the race setup, but the Buffalo Wild Wings car seems to be consistent if you look at my lap times. It was hard to get much more out of it. Tomorrow's going to be a long day around here I think; lots can happen, and it's easy to make a mistake. We'll just try and keep clean and work our way forward."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda): "It was a pretty decent session for us. I think sixth was as good as the car was going to go today. We got everything out of it. The good thing is that the DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop team made it to the Fast Six and we're starting somewhat up front. We're going to need to make the car better in warm-up tomorrow morning and go fight our way to the front. The guys did a good job. It wasn't quite as quick as we'd like, but I think that's what we were getting out of it today."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Kellogg's): "I think we were quick today in the Kellogg's car but just not quick enough. Maybe didn't get everything out of it today but we'll keep at it. The crowd and the support from the city have been just incredible. It's a great atmosphere and hopefully everyone will be in for a good show tomorrow."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy): "We're really frustrated with our qualifying time. The track has some good passing opportunities but there are also a lot of tight areas. Tomorrow's race is going to be a lot of work, but I'm hoping we can move the GoDaddy.com car through the field and have a better result than our qualifying time shows."

E.J. VISO (No. 59 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "Being again in the top-10 is always good, especially after having limited practice yesterday. Half of the track is really smooth and the other half is very bumpy so there has to be a huge compromise in the setup of the car. It's going to be a long and messy race. We can see that there are going to be some yellows.  We had a few issues with braking today, which prevented us from getting in the top-six, but we will look at all the data tonight and go over the car and we should be faster tomorrow. We just want to finish the race and we believe a good result will come with it as we think a lot of cars won't make it to the end"

TONY KANAAN (No. 82 GEICO - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "We made some good progress with our setup from this morning and considering that we were 22nd in the last practice, getting a 11th place on qualifying is not that bad. That's the good thing about how KVRT - Lotus works. We have three cars and we swap a lot of info, so sometimes one of us might not look as good during a practice because we are trying something different, but then we compare our feedbacks and go with the best setup.  I am ready to put on a good show tomorrow for my friends from GEICO and all the fans from the Baltimore area."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology - Lotus: "I had a positive feeling in qualifying and after a few laps in traffic I was able to put in a time that would have got me through the first round of qualifying. Unfortunately, I was running a faster lap and on the downshift I had a problem and lost the drive and stalled the car which caused a caution. That meant I lost my two fastest laps. After the caution I got one more timed lap and ran a lap that again would have gotten me into the second round of qualifying, but again that lap was taken away. I am extremely disappointed with my qualifying position for the race, but I will try my best.

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Guidepoint Systems Team Penske): "It was nice to have a strong qualifying session after yesterday's performance in the practice. Today I focused on getting back my confidence in the car trying to drive it as deep as you need to. The car was handling really well today. After practice yesterday, I tried to base a lot of my information off of Helio and Will since they had fast cars and were really happy with what they had. The first qualifying group was a strong one and it was very competitive. I think there a couple of good cars that didn't advance today. It is great for the No. 6 Team Penske car to be in the Firestone Fast Six."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America): "I was getting pretty close to being the fastest car there, we just don't have the consistency and the knowledge to make it all the time, session after session. But coming off three top six finishes and getting a good street course set up is a very nice help. The team really helped us to get some knowledge about the car, and everyone is working really well together. We have a pretty sweet little team together. I'm just really happy we got to be here this season…it's kind of all coming together and better late than never. Hopefully we can transform and get a top five or podium on some point, we still have two races to go and we'll give it our best shot."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central): "I had a good run going and my team told me where Will Power was on the tracker and they thought he would jump ahead of us. I let the tires cool off and tried to take a lap to get it back where we wanted it. I went into the chicane and came out and it wasn't that pretty. I lost some time there, but overall it was a good performance for the Service Central team. I certainly feel like this a good circuit. I have made a few mistakes, but qualifying seemed to work out for us."

MARTIN PLOWMAN (No. 17 Snowball Express/AFS/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "Qualifying was a very messy run for us. Just getting a clear space to get into a rhythm is key. We found ourselves in a good space, but then a few cars went off track. Out of the six fast laps on the tires, I only had one good lap and that was my first flying lap. I definitely feel like there is more to come out of me and the car and the tires. This weekend, both Alex and I seem to be struggling to get the right set up on the car to be compliant over the bumps. It's probably the bumpiest place we've been too, and its creating a bit of a headache. The race is going to be carnage tomorrow, so it's about being smart and avoiding all the crashes to make it to the finish."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "I'm very disappointed. Every time we make a change, it just gets worse. We're going backwards this weekend. I'm fairly disappointed right now."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen): "Our qualifying run was a little disappointing. I didn't get the lap put together. You have to push your car right to the limit to get the lap time and we didn't quite get there. The yellow at the end of the session threw us off a little bit, but I know we have a really good race car and race pace should be good. The Novo Nordisk team will take care of pit lane and we'll be moving forward during the race tomorrow."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team All Natural Snapple): "The Snapple car was just too loose today - I couldn't get into the corners. We were fighting the back end of the car. I obviously would have liked to have had better track position for the start but we'll do what we can to gain during the race tomorrow."

Results Fast - Six

Rank

Car Driver BL Diff. Gap
1 12 Will Power 1:20.2447 0.0000 0.0000
2 38 Graham Rahal 1:20.3238 0.0791 0.0791
3 6 Ryan Briscoe 1:20.7023 0.4576 0.3785
4 10 Dario Franchitti 1:20.7118 0.4671 0.0095
5 19 Sebastien Bourdais 1:20.9725 0.7278 0.2607
6 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:21.0095 0.7648 0.0370

Full Lineup

1.  (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.2447 (91.520)
2.  (38) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.3238 (91.430)
3.  (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.7023 (91.001)
4.  (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.7118 (90.990)
5.  (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.9725 (90.697)
6.  (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.0095 (90.656)
7.  (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.8503 (90.835)
8.  (27) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.9078 (90.770)
9.  (59) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 01:20.9416 (90.732)
10.  (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.0617 (90.598)
11.  (82) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.3764 (90.247)
12.  (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.7382 (89.848)
13.  (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.6046 (89.995)
14.  (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.9707 (89.593)
15.  (22) Giorgio Pantano, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.6857 (89.906)
16.  (2) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.9856 (89.577)
17.  (06) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 01:21.7882 (89.793)
18.  (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.3963 (89.130)
19.  (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.0232 (89.536)
20.  (17) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.5638 (88.949)
21.  (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.1596 (89.387)
22.  (24) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.9070 (88.581)
23.  (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.8926 (88.597)
24.  (07) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 01:22.9769 (88.507)
25.  (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 01:23.0159 (88.465)
26.  (34) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 01:23.4736 (87.980)
27.  (67) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 01:24.5361 (86.874)
28.  (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:25.3139 (86.082)

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