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IndyCar driver Will Power wins pole position for Sao Paulo 300

By Tales Azzoni

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 11:59 p.m. MDT

IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello, of Brazil, drives his car during a practice session at the IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300 track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Brazil will host the 4th race of the IndyCar season on April 29. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Associated Press

SAO PAULO — Two-time race winner Will Power edged defending IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti to win the pole position for Sunday's Sao Paulo 300.

Power had a lap of 1 minute, 21.4045 seconds on the 2.5-mile, 11-turn Anhembi circuit on the streets of South America's biggest city, less than half a tenth of a second ahead of Franchitti. Scott Dixon, Franchitti's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, will start third.

It was Power's second pole of the season and second consecutive in Sao Paulo. His lap on Saturday eclipsed the previous qualifying record at the track.

"It was a good run," Power said. "They were telling me it was going to be close. It's satisfying when you get pole by such a small margin because you have to rag it so much to do that. It seems like very tough, close competition, which is typical of IndyCar. We're just giving ourselves the best opportunity for the first corner."

Power is trying to win his third straight race in Sao Paulo.

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