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IndyCar points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay wins pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay bounced back from a rough opening day at Edmonton by winning the pole in Saturday's qualifying.

But the IndyCar Series points leader will start 11th because he'll be penalized for an unapproved engine change. The penalty is 10 spots on the starting grid for Sunday's race.

Hunter-Reay has won the last three IndyCar races to move into the points lead. He's the first American since 2006 to lead the IndyCar standings, and he takes a 34-point lead over Will Power into Sunday's race.

The Andretti Autosport driver had a rough Friday at Edmonton, where he was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for an incident in the first practice session. Then IndyCar said he'd be penalized for his engine change.

Dario Franchitti will start first because of Hunter-Reay's penalty.