Will Power cap­tures pole po­si­tion in Toronto

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Will Power recorded the fastest lap time late in the nick of time at the Honda Indy Toronto on Satur­day.

The Aus­tralian com­pleted the 11-turn Ex­hi­bi­tion Place street cir­cuit in 59.4280 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing with just five sec­onds re­main­ing in the sixth and fi­nal round of qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Power earned his sec­ond straight pole po­si­tion and fifth this sea­son to move past Rick Mears into fifth on the all-time Indy­Car list. Penske team­mate He­lio Cas­tron­eves is the ac­tive leader with 43.

“I didn’t ex­pect it, I thought I’d be fourth, fifth or sixth be­cause I was lucky to get through,” Power said. “I changed my setup dras­ti­cally be­tween ev­ery sin­gle (qual­i­fy­ing) ses­sion and ended up with what I had.

“It (the pole) def­i­nitely keeps you out of trou­ble in the first cou­ple of cor­ners. Indy­Car races are so mixed up it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter where you start al­most. I need to have a good day (on Sun­day). I’ve had some rough races re­cently, so I re­ally want to get it done.”

Power will chase a third ca­reer victory at Toronto, win­ning pre­vi­ously in 2007 and 2010.

Simon Pa­ge­naud, an­other Penske team­mate, will join Power on the front row af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in 59.6095. It’s Pa­ge­naud’s sec­ond straight front-row start and fourth this sea­son.

This marks the fourth race this sea­son that Power and Pa­ge­naud have started on the front row.

Juan Pablo Mon­toya of Colom­bia and Scott Dixon of New Zealand will start in the sec­ond row ahead of Se­bastien Bour­dais of France, and Luca Filippi of Italy.

Ear­lier, Cas­tron­eves posted the fastest time in the fi­nal prac­tice ses- sion,, just ahead of Penske team­mate Mon­toya.

Mon­toya was quick­est in Fri­day’s lone prac­tice run as the sec­ond ses­sion was washed out by rain. Mon­toya, the cir­cuit’s lead­ing driver this sea­son and In­di­anapo­lis 500 win­ner, was pleased to se­cure his best ca­reer start at Toronto.

“I thought I had a re­ally good car and I just didn’t put a good lap to­gether when it counted,” Mon­toya said. “But I still qual­i­fied third, so I’m pretty happy with that.”

(Aaron Vin­cent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDA­TORY CREDIT

Juan Pablo Mon­toya of Colom­bia ac­cel­er­ates dur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Indy­Car auto race in Toronto on Satur­day, June 13.

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