Power powers way to pole at Mid-Ohio IndyCar

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 04, 2012
Will Power captured his third pole of the season, holding off Dario Franchitti and rookie Simon Pagenaud to take the top qualifying spot Saturday for the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. Power, ranked as the best in the series on road courses, was timed in 1 minute, 5.6474 seconds around the 2.25-mile, 13-turn layout nestled in farmland between Cleveland and Columbus. Franchitti was at 1:05.8950 and Pagenaud, making only his second appearance at the track, clocked 1:05.9038. Scott Dixon, who has won three of the last five years at Mid-Ohio, qualified fifth. Series leader Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth. Officials have introduced a 5-second delay for its push-to-pass system that should allow for more passing on the narrow course. The forecast calls for rain and cooler temperatures on Sunday.
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