Sonoma: Honda Racing qualifying report

Power Takes Record-Eighth IZOD IndyCar Pole IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power demonstrated why he's leading the drivers' championship, establishing a new single-season record of eight poles Saturday at Infineon Raceway as he heads a...

Power Takes Record-Eighth IZOD IndyCar Pole

IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power demonstrated why he's leading the drivers' championship, establishing a new single-season record of eight poles Saturday at Infineon Raceway as he heads a 25-car field in Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

After barely squeezing into the final round of knockout qualifying, Power edged teammate Helio Castroneves for an all-Team Penske front row, with his main championship rival - Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti - starting third. Driving for the new-for-2010 FAZZT Race Team, Alex Tagliani will start fourth, with Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon rounding out the "Fast Six".

Sunday's 75-lap race, the final road-course event of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, starts at 5:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on Versus.

Will Power (#12 Team Penske Honda) pole qualifier, series record 8th pole in a single season, 10th career IndyCar Series pole: "I knew qualifying was going to be really tight. We took a risk in the second round - waiting until the final minutes to put on fresh [soft tire compound] 'Reds', and it almost bit us. I had to go back out in the final minute and almost didn't make the 'Fast Six'. That's the toughest single lap I think I've ever run, and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to pull it off."

-source: honda racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Alex Tagliani , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Will Power
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing