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Impressive qualifying run gives Will Power tentative lead in race for Indy 500 pole

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    Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, jokes with members of his crew after his qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman) (The Associated Press)

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    E.J. Viso, of Venezuela, watches front he pit lane after he qualified on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman) (The Associated Press)

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    Will Power, of Australia, covers his ear as he waits to be interview on the public address system following his qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    The crew of Takuma Sato, of Japan, pushes the car back to the garage area as rain halted track activity on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, seated right, leaves the pit area in a two-seat IndyCar driven by 1969 Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

Australia's Will Power found extra speed during Saturday morning's practice, then posted a four-lap qualifying average of 228.844 mph to tentatively grab the Indianapolis 500 pole.

Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is second at 228.282, with rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia third at 228.171.

The start of qualifying was delayed about 2 ½ hours because of rain. All cars can attempt to requalify until 6 p.m. The nine fastest drivers will make another qualifying run in the pole shootout.

All five drivers from Andretti Autosport and all three from Team Penske finished among the top nine. Ed Carpenter is the only non-Penske or non-Andretti driver currently in the top nine.

The first 24 starting spots have been filled. The remaining nine will be filled Sunday.