Will Power has claimed his fifth pole position of the 2011 IndyCar championship season, continuing his whitewash of pole positions on road and street circuits this year.
The Australian was quickest for much of the ‘Fast Six’ shootout for pole position, eventually posting a 59.577-second lap time to claim the top spot. Chip Ganassi driver Scot Dixon managed to lap within one-hundredth of a second of Power’s best, but just missed out on the prize. Dixon’s team-mate and current championship leader Dario Franchitti was third-fastest.
After showing excellent pace in this morning’s final practice session, Andretti driver Mike Conway qualified a solid fourth-fastest, while his three team-mates had a more troubled run in qualifying. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished up eighth-fastest, while Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick – both of whom performed strongly at the last oval round at Iowa – were well down the field in 20th and 21st respectively.
The top-six was completed by Graham Rahal (the third of four cars in the Ganassi stable to make the ‘Fast Six’ round) and Oriol Servià, with the Spaniard continuing his solid return to full-time IndyCars action.
Having been committed to his Le Mans duties with Peugeot during the oval-course rounds, Sébastien Bourdais was back in the saddle at Dale Coyne Racing, showing his best form to-date since returning Stateside to qualify seventh-fastest.
Three Canadians are in the field and hoping to impress their home fans, although only Alex Tagliani (9th) was able to qualify inside the top-ten. Rookie driver James Hinchcliffe just missed out on making the top-twelve round in qualifying, while Paul Tracy struggled and only just scraped off the back row of the grid.
Ryan Briscoe, Justin Wilson and Hélio Castroneves rounded out the top-twelve, having struggled to generate enough pace when running on the softer Firestone tyres. It was a similar case of disappointment at KV Racing, with all three of its drivers qualifying well down the order and clearly unable to transfer their red-hot short-course oval form onto the bumpy streets.
2011 Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying Results:
|1.||Will Power||Team Penske||0:59.577||(Fast Six)|
|2.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||0:59.665||(Fast Six)|
|3.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||0:59.900||(Fast Six)|
|4.||Mike Conway||Andretti Autosport||0:59.933||(Fast Six)|
|5.||Graham Rahal||Service Central Chip Ganassi||1:00.046||(Fast Six)|
|6.||Oriol Servià||Newman/Haas Racing||1:00.334||(Fast Six)|
|7.||Sébastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing||0:59.824||(Round 2)|
|8.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||0:59.871||(Round 2)|
|9.||Alex Tagliani||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||0:59.890||(Round 2)|
|10.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||0:59.902||(Round 2)|
|11.||Justin Wilson||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||0:59.964||(Round 2)|
|12.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||1:00.011||(Round 2)|
|13.||James Hinchcliffe||Newman/Haas Racing||0:59.835||(Group 1)|
|14.||Vitor Meira||AJ Foyt Enterprises||0:59.987||(Group 2)|
|15.||Sebastian Saavedra||Conquest Racing||0:59.939||(Group 1)|
|16.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology Lotus||1:00.015||(Group 2)|
|17.||Simona di Silvestro||HVM Racing||1:00.081||(Group 1)|
|18.||EJ Viso||KV Racing Technology Lotus||1:00.119||(Group 2)|
|19.||Takuma Sato||KV Racing Technology Lotus||1:00.100||(Group 1)|
|20.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||1:00.154||(Group 2)|
|21.||Danica Patrick||Andretti Autosport||1:00.344||(Group 1)|
|22.||JR Hildebrand||Panther Racing||1:00.447||(Group 2)|
|23.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||1:00.623||(Group 1)|
|24.||Paul Tracy||Dragon Racing||1:00.452||(Group 2)|
|25.||Charlie Kimball||Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing||1:00.646||(Group 1)|
|26.||Ana Beatriz||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||1:00.792||(Group 2)|