IndyCar GP of Alabama: Ryan Hunter-Reay on pole position
Ryan Hunter-Reay broke the Penske Racing stranglehold at Barber by grabbing pole for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
Last Updated: 08/04/13 3:17pm
Penske drivers Will Power and Helio Castroneves had sat on all three poles and won all three races that have been held at Barber since it was introduced into IndyCar.
Defending IndyCar Series champion Hunter-Reay broke that streak though, with a lap of one minute, 7.08 seconds around the 17-turn, 2.3-mile permanent road course.
Two-time defending race winner Power of Australia and qualified second and was followed by rookie Tristan Vautier, Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Castroneves.
Hunter-Reay put Andretti Autosport on the pole for the first time in race history and represents a great result for the driver who had never started higher than 11th in three previous visits to Barber.
"The team has done a great job in the off-season of moving forward, especially at this racetrack," said Hunter-Reay.
"It's a matter of mechanical grip for us. We've definitely closed the gap there. It's really nice to see that we've made progress in the off-season. That's definitely encouraging."
Vautier made it into the Fast Six after Takuma Sato was disqualified just minutes before the start of the session for interfering with Justin Wilson's qualifying lap.
IndyCar have added a new rule to be able to disqualify drivers who do not display enough on track sportsmanship.