Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins the Pole for Edmonton Indy; Gives Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Sixth Pole of 2012 Season
EDMONTON, Alta., CANADA (July 21, 2012) – Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the last three consecutive races and leads the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings, won the pole today for Sunday’s running of the Edmonton Indy. It was the first pole of the season, and the second of the Andretti Autosport driver’s career.
With his time/lap speed of 01:17.2338/103.664 mph, Hunter-Reay, behind the wheel of the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, posted the sixth pole-winning effort in 11 sessions this season for the new Chevrolet IndyCar V6 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo engine.
A total of five Team Chevy drivers ended today’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying sessions in the top-10. Ryan Briscoe, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, put up the third quickest time. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, was sixth in the final qualifying results order. Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, posted the seventh quickest time. Rubens Barrichello, No. 8 BMC/Embrase KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, was 10th at the end of the qualifying sessions.
A total of 13 Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers qualified for Sunday’s Edmonton Indy at the Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary circuit: James Hinchcliffe qualified 12th; Sebastien Bourdais-14th; Marco Andretti-17th; E.J. Viso-18th; Oriol Servia-20th; JR Hildebrand-21st; Tony Kanaan-22nd and Ed Carpenter-24th.