Power Wins Fifth Pole of 2010 at The Glen

Hinchcliffe Earns Corning 100 Pole

Will Power wins pole

Team Penske has now claimed the pole for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen every year since the IZOD IndyCar Series made its debut in 2005.

IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power continued Team Penske's domination of qualifying by earning the pole for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen . It was his series-leading fifth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season.

Power's top lap of 1 minute, 29.3164 seconds, 135.832 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske machine kept Team Penske's perfect pole record over the six years of this race at Watkins Glen International. Penske will seek its first victory in the event when the race starts at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 4 (live on ABC, IMS Radio Network).

Team Penske drivers swept the top three spots in the Firestone Fast Six shootout. Helio Castroneves qualified second at 1:29.4609, 135.612 in the No. 3 entry, while Ryan Briscoe was third at 1:29.9346, 134.898 in the No. 6 entry.

It was the first time this season one team has swept the front row in qualifying. The top three rows were separated by less than a second. Six different teams are represented in the first six rows.

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti qualified fourth at 1:29.9601, 134.860 in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, with rookie Takuma Sato fifth at 1:30.1410, 134.589 in the No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology entry.

2009 Watkins Glen winner Justin Wilson rounded out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:30.2667, 134.402 in the No. 22 Team Z-Line Designs/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car.

Also on July 3, James Hinchcliffe earned his third Firestone Indy Lights pole of 2010 by topping Sunoco Pole Qualifying for the Corning 100.

The Canadian recorded a lap of 1:37.3594 in the No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling -TMR car. He was followed by rookies Stefan Wilson (1:37.6394) and J.K. Vernay (1:38.1532).

The Corning 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4.
 
DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:
 
Anders Krohn will make his Firestone Indy Lights debut this weekend in the No. 4 Andersen Racing entry. Krohn, from Stavanger, Norway, is the first Norwegian competitor in series history.

Krohn, a 22-year-old nicknamed "The Viking," competes full time for Andersen Racing in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. He also has competed for the team in the Cooper Tires presents the U.S. F2000 National Championship.

Firestone Indy Lights, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Cooper Tires presents the U.S. F2000 National Championship are the three series in the Road to Indy developmental ladder system to the IZOD IndyCar Series.

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IZOD IndyCar Series fans have selected racing icon Mario Andretti as Indy car road racing legend to be honored by the series.

Fans selected Andretti as the honoree for the road championship trophy with 44 percent of the vote through a poll on indycar.com, the official website of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Alex Zanardi was second with 25 percent of the vote. Other nominees were: Dan Gurney (12 percent), Al Unser Jr. (10 percent) and Mark Donohue (8 percent).

Andretti was one of the most successful Indy car drivers with 52 victories - second to A.J. Foyt on the all-time list- and a record 67 pole positions. He won four Indy car titles in his career and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969.

Among his 23 road course victories were wins at Indianapolis Raceway Park (4), Mont Tremblant (4), Long Beach (3), Road America (3) Portland (2), Riverside (1), Cleveland (1), The Meadowlands (1) Caesars Palace (1) and Mid-Ohio (1).

A.J. Foyt was selected as the honoree for the oval championship in June by the vote of the fans.

MARIO ANDRETTI: "I was full of pride when I learned the road racing trophy would bear my name and that it was determined by a fan vote. It's the ultimate compliment years after I retired, to have the fans remember me this way. That's the really great thing about fans. They keep you humble and grounded. They let you know when you mess up and applaud your successes. And if you're fortunate along the way, you make a lot of friends for life. Throughout my career, there was a thrill in knowing and feeling that fans were connecting with me. They certainly knew that road racing was my passion since the 60s. I am honored to have this trophy in my name and cherish the opportunity that it gives me to have a lasting bond with this series. I am genuinely appreciative of all the fans who continue to acknowledge my part in racing history every day. In the future, I will certainly enjoy watching young drivers in pursuit of this trophy."

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