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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Power nips Sato for pole in St. Petersburg

de Silvestro to start in first start for KV Racing
Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Will Power

It was a day of surprises in St. Pete.  The fact that Will Power won the pole in his Verizon sponsored Penske Chevy was no surprise on Saturday for the Honda IndyCar GP of St. Petersburg.  What was a surprise, however, were others in the top-6.  Takuma Sato was 2nd in an AJ Foyt Honda (yes, you read that right) and Simona de Silvestro was third in her first race with KV Racing, beating her more experienced teammate Tony Kanaan.

For Power it was his fourth consecutive pole at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as he claimed the inaugural Verizon P1 Pole Award at the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street course.

Power was clocked at 61.2070 seconds in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. After posting the fastest time in Friday afternoon practice, Power backed it up through the Firestone Fast Six qualifying session to earn his 30th career pole.

His lap was more the two-tenths of a second faster than his lap that topped the speed chart on Friday.

“I guess it’s a good thing as the Verizon driver that I won the first Verizon P1 Pole Award,” said Power. “I thought (qualifying) was going to be very tight. The car was very tight on new tires but we made a few changes for the last run and it was good to see some new people up there.”

With an underpowered engine last year, Simona de Silvestro often felt as if she were driving in a lower class despite sharing the track with her Izod IndyCar peers.

"It's unbelievable to be with Chevy and the work they've done," she said. "Every test, they try to accommodate every driver to their driving style, and that's the biggest thing to be with a manufacturer like that makes it really special.

"After not having a teammate for the past three years and an underpowered Lotus engine last year I had some doubts about how fast I could be.  If anything this is more of a relief for me to know that I can be competitive with these guys."

When asked how teammate Tony Kanaan took getting beat she said, "The relationship in the team is really good.  It is a team effort.  we push each other to be better and we are happy for each other when the other does well.  There is no #1 and 32 driver in this team.  It is a true team effort."

James Hinchcliffe will start 4th and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-5. 

Another big surprise was rookie Tristan Vautier qualifying sixth in his first IndyCar race.

There has been a lot of talk this weekend about the domination of the Chevy teams, but in qualifying Takuma Sato qualified 2nd with Honda power and rookie Tristan Vautier qualified 6th with a Honda behind him.  Both said they are happy with their Honda power and that car balance is more important.

"This is a great result for us," said Sato.  "I'm really proud of the whole team, not just for the work we've done this weekend, but for the preparations we made all winter long.  I tried everything I could, and so did the team.  We have good balance on both types of tires [primary "blacks" and the softer "reds"] and a good Honda engine, so I think we're ready for the race."

Respected engineer Don Holliday is still with the team and he definitely has made a difference on street and road courses where the AJ Foyt team has struggled for years.

Five different teams made the Firestone Fast Six

  1. HELIO CASTRONEVES – TEAM PENSKE – FIFTH - 2007 Polesitter and 3-time race winner here at St. Pete
  2. JAMES HINCHCLIFFE – ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT – FOURTH - Started fourth in only previous race at St. Pete (2012)
  3. WILL POWER – TEAM PENSKE – WINNER OF VERIZON P1 AWARD - This is Will’s fourth consecutive Pole at St. Pete and 30th career Indy car pole
  4. TAKUMA SATO – AJ FOYT RACING - SECOND - Previous best start of 11th at St. Pete , which he’s done twice.  It is his debut race weekend with AJ Foyt Racing
  5. SIMONA DE SILVESTRO – KV RACING TECHNOLOGY - THIRD - Best start of 14th at St. Pete in 2010.  This a career best start for Simona.  Previous career best start was 7th in 2010 at Edmonton and it is also her debut start for KV Racing.
  6. TRISTAN VAUTIER – SCHMIDT PETERSON MOTORSPORTS - SIXTH - Tristan is making his first IZOD IndyCar Series start this weekend.  He won last year’s Firestone Indy Lights race here in St. Pete

POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

Will Power
WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "I thought it was going to be very tight. It's very tight on new tires but we made a few changes for the last run and it was good to see some new people up there. Like Simona, that's very cool, but I always knew, everyone always knew she was quick. Sato, we all know he's fast, so that's what you would expect." (About what to expect from the race tomorrow): "I think it will have a lot to do with the weather. It depends on how the weather is, and it's a pretty straightforward race. It's great for us, if not, it's just going to be one of the typical mixed-up IndyCar races where no one knows who's going to win. We just have to be smart and keep heading towards what we've wanted for a long time, which is a championship."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): ""It's awesome. The whole weekend has been going really well for us and It's really cool to finally get the results we wanted. Thanks to KV Racing Technology for giving me the opportunity. And the whole Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign to be supporting me after the year we had last year. It's cool to get the results. It's unbelievable. We were right there with Will and Sato who are usually are always up there and it's fun to be up there with them."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet): "Unfortunately, we had some issues yesterday and today we made some mistakes and at this point in the game, you can't make mistakes. Fifth is the same position we started last year, and hopefully, we can finish in the same position as last year."

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Florida Lottery c/w Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "I think looking at everyone, I think the chassis, we all struggled so much with the balance that there's so much work on this side that I don't really focus on whether my engine is the best or not. I am happy with what we have. We have a lot of work on the car so we focused on that. Honda has been good." (Don't you win your debut race?) "I did the last two championships I did. Obviously, this one will is a little bit tougher, I think as the times should show. It did happen in the last two championships I did, but this one is going to be much tougher."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "Between Will and I it's always getting close for us this weekend and unfortunately no we didn't get the fastest. I am really glad for the team to get the 2nd position for the season-starter. it's really perfect."(Night and day between this year and last year) "Well obviously the team worked really hard over the course of the winter testing and I've done the preparation as much as I could. The last three weeks testing, including Sebring and Barber, have been very very progressive. So I think we made a good improvement and I'm really happy to show the improvement over the course of the qualifying. We had a good car on the long runs so hopefully tomorrow we will be challenging for the winning."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "This morning we got aggressive with the setup and we tried some things that didn't really work, so we went back on it for qualifying and didn't quite hit the sweet spot. We were only a couple tenths off. Looks like we were less than a tenth off from being in the Firestone Fast Six. As usual it's tight - if you miss it by a hair, you're going to be on the outside looking in. Eighth is in the top 10 - we can start from there and still race for the win. Optimistic about that, just disappointed that we didn't get the DHL Chevy into the top six."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "We have just been a bit behind in getting the Target cars up to speed here this weekend for some reason. I keep finding myself fighting understeer in the car. We have another day to work on it and will definitely be working on some solutions before morning warm-up tomorrow."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): ""We had a slow start to the weekend but we are moving in the right direction. But it's frustrating not being up there where we want to be. We're struggling with the car a bit and made some small gains today. I think we'll be able to improve both cars a bit over night. I had a car that had too much oversteer in the first session, and we tried something to correct that and it just produced understeer. We'll continue to work hard and see what we can come up with for the Target car tomorrow."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): "It's a shame. We had very good momentum going on the #11, the Chevy power was great and the Firestone tires help up well. I had a Top-Five car, but we made a minor change between the qualifying sessions that did not go our way, leaving us back in 11th on the grid. Well, tomorrow is another day and I'm sure we'll be fine when the green flag flies."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "It was a pretty good qualifying effort. It was the first time we've run red's this year. We have a really good race car and we're further ahead than where we were this time, last year. The field is so competitive, I think it's going to be about strategy, running smart-laps and getting the fuel mileage you need in the race tomorrow. I have a lot of confidence in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen crew, especially in pit lane, so we'll be good."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): "We had an OK qualifying session. It would have been great to advance. I think we lost a little bit of time from the practice session to qualifying. This is the first race of the season and we have a lot to learn. Hopefully, we can learn a few more things in the warm-up session that will help us in both the race and the other street courses we're going to later this season."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "We had some control issues on the throttle during qualifying. Last year we started 16th with an engine change and this year we are stronger. I believe that the tough moments make us stronger. We had a difficult weekend but I'm very happy with the handling of the car. I hope we have a strong race and put on a good show for the fans."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "That was the first time we had been on the red Firestone tires, so we are still learning how they handle them. We have been talking about how we can use the reds in the race too. The grip level is good with red tires but they change later in the stint. We just need to see how we can be prepared for the race. We are getting some good grip on the rear tires, but we had some understeer in the low speed corners. So we need to work in that area for Sunday. Boy, it is competitive out there. There was just over one second in the top 12 in the that first qualifying group. That makes it hard to move up when the field is that tight. This is just a highly-competitive series."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "I've got to thank everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for working so hard this weekend. We've not been quick enough, but we've kept plugging away, trying to figure out how to make the Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda work with the new Firestone tire. We're mid-pack right now, but hopefully we can keep making improvements. Our focus now is on having a strong race tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda): ""We're still working to find that balance out there on the Barracuda No. 98. Firestone has brought us a new tire this year for the street circuits and it feels like we need to keep working to find what this tire likes compared to last year's. Overall, it has been great to get back from the offseason, and looking forward to a strong race tomorrow."   

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet): "Well it was a tough day today especially with the morning we had. Something failed in the practice session this morning, and we could only get a couple laps - it was tough to recover. Qualifying didn't go the way we wanted either and we're missing a lot of downforce in the car which made the car understeer like crazy. I'm happy for my teammates, though, they did a good job; James (Hinchcliffe) is starting top six. I really think tomorrow will be a good day. There are plenty of variables that can affect us, including the weather, but I totally trust the strategies that Andretti is going to put together for tomorrow's race.

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet): ""We had a good team effort today. I would have liked to see something in the Firestone Fast Six, but it takes so much to get everything right. The tires are pretty finicky, so that can make things pretty interesting for days like this. We will make some adjustments tonight, and come back tomorrow ready to go."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet): "It was sort of the big first challenge for the weekend for us was our first qualifying of the year. It's a big unknown, and obviously it was the Firestone Reds because we had no opportunity to test on them or practice with them. The first time you get to drive them is really when it counts in qualifying. So to go out there and get a start for the GoDaddy car, we're pretty pleased. I would have liked to have seen a few more of my teammates in the Fast Six, but we'll get together tonight and put our heads together and try to make a good race car, because, obviously, we didn't quite have enough in qualifying. Will was outrageously quick to get on the pole and everybody. It's a good group up here for the Fast Six. So just happy to be in the first two rows of the first race."

Results

Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed Session
1 12 Power, Will Chevy 01:01.2070 105.870 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
2 14 Sato, Takuma Honda 01:01.5776 105.233 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
3 78 de Silvestro, Simona Chevy 01:01.7670 104.910 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
4 27 Hinchcliffe, James Chevy 01:01.8229 104.816 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
5 3 Castroneves, Helio Chevy 01:01.8991 104.686 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
6 55 Vautier, Tristan(R) Honda 01:02.0645 104.408 Round3/Firestone Fast Six
7 25 Andretti, Marco Chevy 01:01.6883 105.044 EliminationRound2/Top12
8 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Chevy 01:01.7339 104.967 EliminationRound2/Top12
9 6 Saavedra, Sebastian Chevy 01:01.7944 104.864 EliminationRound2/Top12
10 10 Franchitti, Dario Honda 01:01.8150 104.829 EliminationRound2/Top12
11 11 Kanaan, Tony Chevy 01:01.9139 104.661 EliminationRound2/Top12
12 22 Servia, Oriol Chevy 01:02.1483 104.267 EliminationRound2/Top12
13 19 Wilson, Justin Honda 01:02.1777 104.217 EliminationRound1/Group1
14 83 Kimball, Charlie Honda 01:02.1198 104.315 EliminationRound1/Group2
15 15 Rahal, Graham Honda 01:02.2709 104.061 EliminationRound1/Group1
16 67 Newgarden, Josef Honda 01:02.1592 104.248 EliminationRound1/Group2
17 98 Tagliani, Alex Honda 01:02.3328 103.958 EliminationRound1/Group1
18 16 Jakes, James Honda 01:02.1658 104.237 EliminationRound1/Group2
19 77 Pagenaud, Simon Honda 01:02.4736 103.724 EliminationRound1/Group1
20 9 Dixon, Scott Honda 01:02.1715 104.228 EliminationRound1/Group2
21 7 Bourdais, Sebastien Chevy 01:02.6537 103.426 EliminationRound1/Group1
22 5 Viso, EJ Chevy 01:02.1986 104.182 EliminationRound1/Group2
23 20 Carpenter, Ed Chevy 01:02.6634 103.410 EliminationRound1/Group1
24 4 Hildebrand, JR Chevy 01:02.3179 103.983 EliminationRound1/Group2

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