Will Power Powers Way to Pole in Sao Paulo

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  A general view of the atmosphere at an IZOD party to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 at The Colony on April 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Indy 500 will take place on May 29, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for IZOD)
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In the words of the late great Tom Carnegie, "It's a New Track Record!" 

Will Power set a new track record, and claimed his 13th career Izod Indy Car Series Pole of his career, with a quick lap of 1:21.8958. 

Will now has been on the front row for every Izod Indy Car Series race so far in this young season.  Power also gave team owner Roger Penske his 200th career pole.

Joining Power on the front row is Andretti Autosport standout and 2010 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.  This will be the second consecutive race that Power and Hunter-Reay will share the front row.

Chip Ganassi Racing dominates the next two rows with three of their drivers.  Scott Dixon will start inside row two, and Dario Franchitti and Graham Rahal will share row three. 

Ryan Briscoe will share row two with Scott Dixon in starting fourth in his Penske Logistics No. 6 Honda.

Rounding out the top 10 is hometown hero Helio Castroneves in seventh, Justin Wilson will start alongside in eight, last races' winner Mike Conway will start ninth, and in tenth in KV Racing's Takuma Sato.

Sebastien Bourdais will get his best start of his young Izod Indy Car Series career in 12th.  This will be Bourdais' last start in the series until July 10th in Toronto. 

Bourdais' contract for Coyne is to only run the road/street course events, and with four ovals looming next on the schedule, Bourdais will sit unless he finds another ride.

The Sao Paulo Indy 300 can be seen Live on Versus with coverage starting tomorrow at Noon.

Unofficial STARTING GRID:

1. 12 Will Power- 1:21.8958

2. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay- 1:22.2975

3. 9 Scott Dixon- 1:22.3620

4. 6 Ryan Briscoe- 1:22.3937

5. 38 Graham Rahal- 1:22.4970

6. 10 Dario Franchitti- 1:22.6103

7. 3 Helio Castroneves- 1:22.6283

8. 22 Justin Wilson- 1:22.6471

9. 27 Mike Conway- 1:22.6986

10. 5 Takuma Sato- 1:22.7379

11. 06 James Hinchcliffe (R)- 1:22.8450

12. 19 Sebastien Bourdais- 1:22.9084

13. 78 Simona de Silvestro- 1:23.6087

14. 14 Vitor Meira- 1:23.3196

15. 26 Marco Andretti- 1:23.7682

16. 2 Oriol Servia- 1:23.4015

17. 7 Danica Patrick- 1:24.0967

18. 83 Charlie Kimball (R)- 1:23.7126

19. 17 Raphael Matos- 1:24.1890

20. 77 Alex Tagliani- 1:23.7801

21. 82 Tony Kanaan- 1:24.2205

22. 4 J.R. Hildebrand (R)- 1:23.8443

23. 34 Sebastian Saveedra (R)- 1:24.2963

24. 18 James Jakes (R)- 1:23.8482

25. 24 Ana Beatriz(R)- 1:24.8246

26. 59 E.J. Viso- no time

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