Power Continues Qualifying Streak
July 9, 2011 | 2:41 P.M. EST
Will Power won his fifth pole of 2011 in Toronto. (Photo: Getty Images)
Will Power continued his dominance on street/road course qualifying on Saturday after he took the pole for the Honda Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 59.577 seconds around the streets of Toronto.
Power is undefeated in qualifying on street/road courses this season with his fifth pole coming today. He won from the pole in the last street race at Brazil in early May.
"Man, we really had to work hard for that in the Verizon car," Power said. "It's really good to win a pole here. I've never won a pole here in Toronto and I love this place. This is such a physical track - it's a real driver's track with all the different surfaces and all the bumps, you really need to wring it's neck out there and that's what I love about it. When you turn a fast lap here, you're really just exhausted. It's great to be on pole here but this is a track where you can really pass a lot of cars and move forward from the back, so we still have a lot of work to do tomorrow."
Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, will start on the front row for the second time this season (59.6646 seconds on his final lap).
"We had a tenth on the last lap and I gave it back on turns five and six," Dixon said. "At least we're in the hunting distance of the 12 car."
IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Dario Franchitti (59.9000) will share Row 2 with Mike Conway (59.9330). Franchitti set the track record of 59.3535 seconds in the first round of qualifying.
Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia are on the third row.
Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto will be telecast live in High Definition at 2 p.m. (ET) by VERSUS.