Power Wins Pole at Barber Again
April 9, 2011 | 1:10 P.M. EST
"It was very tiring but we saved it until the end and put a good lap together." (Photo: Getty Images)
Last April, Will Power earned the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park. He'll start in the same position for the April 10 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy.
Power posted a best lap of 1 minute, 11.4546 seconds on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn natural-terrain course in the Firestone Fast Six.
"It was very tiring but we saved it until the end and put a good lap together," Power said. "I'm happy to have the the No. 12 Verizon car up front again. It's really important to start from the front at this track. I feel we should have won the race last year with the speed we had, so we're pretty focused on the strategy."
Teammate Ryan Briscoe (1:11:7361) will join Power on the front row for the 90-lap race.
"Well, at least I was beaten by the guy who no one seems to be able to beat in qualifying," Briscoe said. "The car is feeling great this weekend; we really unloaded strong and we've been right up there in every practice session. Wish we could have gotten the pole, but we got the front row. It's going to be a long race and I'm looking forward to it because I need to get some points back from St. Petersburg."
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon (1:11:8826) and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves (1:12:1247), the defending race winner, will occupy Row 2.
"It wasn't the ultimate result but I can't complain because we are starting in fourth position here," Castroneves said. "Last year, we were able to win from third position so I hope to repeat that tomorrow."
Justin Wilson (1:12:3085), who is driving with an injured wrist, and Oriol Servia (1:12:4394), in his first start at Barber, will share Row 3.
James Hinchcliffe was the highest qualified Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate qualifying eighth for his debut race.
Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be telecast live in High Definition at 3 p.m. (ET) by VERSUS.