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Team Penske Sweeps Front 3 Starting Spots in Sonoma

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2011

SONOMA, CA - AUGUST 27:  Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda, with the Peak Performance Pole Award after having the best time in qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonama race at Infineon Raceway on August 27, 2011 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA - AUGUST 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda, with the Peak Performance Pole Award after having the best time in qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonama race at Infineon Raceway on August 27, 2011 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It was a great Saturday afternoon for Team Penske in wine country.  All three drivers will start in the top three spots in Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Will Power earned his sixth Peak Pole Performance Award of the season today.  He turned a lap of 105.479 in the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Honda for Team Penske.  The pole turned Power's week around as he was fined Thursday $30,000 dollars for his actions in the last race at New Hampshire.

Joining the defending race champion Power on the front row is his teammate Helio Castroneves.  Helio turned a lap of 104.825 mph in the No. 3 Guidepoint Honda.

Rounding out the Penske trio is Ryan Briscoe, who will start third with a lap of 104.799 mph in the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental Honda.

Points leader Dario Franchitti will start alongside of Briscoe in the No. 10 Target Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.  The Scotsman turned a lap of 104.753 mph. His teammate, Scott Dixon, was fifth quickest at 104.432 mph to round of the all Penske and Ganassi top five.

The final car in the Firestone Fast Six was rookie James Hinchcliffe.  Hinchcliffe turned a lap of 104.346 mph in the No. 06 Sprott Honda for Newman/Haas Racing.

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Last race's controversial winner in New Hampshire, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will roll off 19th tomorrow with a lap of 104.103 mph in the No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Honda.

The other Izod IndyCar Series driver that was the main story on a lot of news outlets all week Danica Patrick will start a disappointing 25th in the 28 car field.

Tomorrow's Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma is the 14th race out of the 18 on the 2011 Izod IndyCar Series schedule.  The race is at 4:00 P.M. on Versus.

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