Updated: Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:55 | By Agence France-Presse

Hunter-Reay grabs pole at Grand Prix of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed his sixth career pole by holding off teammate James Hinchcliffe at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. 


Hunter-Reay grabs pole at Grand Prix of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay during practice for the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12, 2014 - by Robert Laberge

The American completed his lap around this 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in one minute, 7.8219 seconds on Saturday to take the top starting position for Sunday's IndyCar race.

Hunter-Reay also claimed his first pole at Long Beach. The 2012 IndyCar champion had qualified second here in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

"What a qualifying session," Hunter-Reay said. "You never knew who was going to put in the best lap. It was anybody's session. It's a good start for us, but tomorrow is going to be challenging."

Hinchcliffe's laps was only 0.1184 seconds behind Hunter-Reay.

"For us to be front row, I'm happy about that, but I'm looking for that first pole." Hinchcliffe said.

"I've been so close so many times, but if you're going to lose it, I'm glad it's to a teammate, so congrats to Ryan."

Sebastien Bourdais qualified third, while Josef Newgarden took the fourth spot. Bourdais won this race three times when it was part of the Champ Car series.

Rookie Jack Hawksworth was fifth and Simon Pagenaud sixth.

Defending series champ Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, who finished second in points last year, failed to advance into the final round. Dixon will start seventh and Castroneves ninth.

Two-time race winner Will Power and Takuma Sato, who won this race in 2013, did not make it out of the first round of qualifying.

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