Will Power wins IndyCar pole in Sao Paulo

Polesitter Will Power
Firestone Racing

IndyCar street and road course ace Will Power has done it again, taking pole position for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil in his Chevy. Power set a new track record of 1m21.2718s in round 2 qualifying and although he could only muster a 1m21.4045s lap in the final Fast Six round, it was enough to secure pole position over Dario Franchitti's Honda.

Franchitti's Ganassi Honda teammate Scott Dixon will start third ahead of James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson.

Local hero Rubens Barrichello just missed the Fast Twelve Round 2 cut and will start 13th
Firestone Racing

Power posted his fast lap with about 3 minutes left in the Firestone Fast Six to claim his second consecutive pole start for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle. It was the 26th pole of his Indy car career, tying Dario Franchitti for ninth overall.

Power will start inside row 1 in the 75-lap race on the 1.536-mile, 11-turn street circuit. And if it rains as forecast, Power will have a clear track ahead of him if he gets the jump at the start.

Event qualifying records have been set in all four IZOD IndyCar Series races this season.


WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, IZOD IndyCar Series Pole Award winner): "It's good to put the Verizon Chevrolet on the pole. It was satisfying, especially knowing that Honda seems to have an advantage on the straights at the moment, so being on pole is a good start to the weekend. I have a feeling it's going to be wet, or maybe wet-dry for the race so it will mix things up a lot."

DARIO FRANCHITI (No. 10 Lexar Media Honda, qualified second): "It's been a pretty good weekend so far for Team Target. We've obviously had a difficult start to the season and a lot of things go wrong in the last couple weeks. We off-loaded with a good car of the truck and made some improvements to it. I'm a bit disappointed in qualifying, especially because the time is in the car. On the first lap, Justin (Wilson) was in the runoff in the hairpin so I took it a bit easy there. And then the next lap I just messed it up to be honest, and I actually made up all of the time back again. The time was in the car, I didn't put it together. I'm a little disappointed in myself but at the same time I feel a lot more happy than I have in the last few races."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, qualified third): "We had a pretty good car. It was fairly loose, which is a bit odd actually for this year. Q2 was OK. We ended up second or third there and thought we could go for the top spot in Q3. Went out and went straight through the run-off in Turn 1 and couldn't slow the car down; the brakes were a bit strange. Then went down into Turn 11 and the left-front locked straight away with a big flat spot and went into the run-off. I had to get turned around and then take a lap to get going. We got back to third. I was lucky that some of the other cars were a bit slower to get up to speed."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, qualified fourth): "I guess four is the number of the day: fourth place, fourth time in the Firestone Fast Six. It's certainly not a bad starting spot to be on the first two rows, but we had a competitive car in (the second qualifying session) and were hoping for a little bit higher up. I need to get a better handle on how to make these tires work better on the second run. We seem to be good on sticker (tires) but in the second run (on the set of tires) in the Firestone Fast Six we were struggling a little bit. With the compressed schedule and limited track time the Go Daddy guys did a great job getting the car better every single session. We were 11th in the first practice, sixth in the second and now we qualified fourth. We're steadily improving and if we can keep that trend up for the race we're looking good."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, qualified fifth): "It's great having all the local DHL people here today to represent and support us. This historically has been a great track for us and we're disappointed to qualify fifth – but anytime you are disappointed with fifth it's good news. The DHL/Sun Drop guys did a great job preparing the car; we do need to make some changes for tomorrow but that's what it's all about. We'll be ready to tomorrow rain or shine."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 18 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda, qualified sixth): "It's great to make into the Firestone Fast Six for the first time this year. We're really pleased with that. I was hoping to get a bit more once we got in there. We made the right changes to get the Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda into the Fast Six, but we messed up on the last change and the car was a bit of a handful. But that's how it goes sometimes. We're starting sixth, we're in a good spot and we'll see what happens in the race."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's disappointing to just miss out on the top six by a couple hundredths of a second, but the balance wasn't quite there in Q2 and I just couldn't pull out a good enough lap time. But if there's a track where you can pass, this is it. So I'm looking forward to the race."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Penske Logistics Chevrolet): "The Penske Logistics car did well today, we needed just a little bit more. The braking felt inconsistent during qualifying but the Penske crew did a great job fixing the car after practice. We just couldn't put it together today but we will be ready for a good performance tomorrow."

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): "The National Guard Chevy was good, and the Panther guys did a good job improving it over the course of the day. During qualifying, between overshooting a few corners and some other guys doing the same thing causing some local yellows, I don't think I did a great job of putting a lap together until the tires were worn off. We were less than a tenth from transferring, and I think that tenth was out there for us, but I just needed to go out there and get it. It's frustrating on my part because I think the car was there, but that bodes well for tomorrow's race because we typically race well at these types of tracks and the weather feasibly being a factor doesn't hurt our chances at all."

E.J. VISO (No. 5 CITGO-PDVSA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet): "I am disappointed with how the day went. It was not the qualifying run we expected. I truly thought we were going to show the speed and performance that we did during qualifying in the previous races, but we couldn't do it this time. We need to address a couple of things to get us back to where we belong. This series is so competitive that a little change, a little detail, can put you at the top or way down the grid. We have a strong team with a great group of drivers, so I think we can address the problems we have. As far as tomorrow, rain is predicted and that is a big variable that will affect the race strategy."

KATHERINE LEGGE (No. 6 TrueCar Dragon Racing Lotus): "It's really nice to be here in Sao Paulo. It is a new experience for me and the track is really good. We are struggling [to find speed] down the long straightaways. We are about 12 mph down versus Honda and Chevy on the back straight. It's another new circuit to learn, but we are making improvements. We had a braking problem in practice, but the team fixed that. So, good job by the team getting that problem sorted quickly. We have a few other improvements to work on now, but we believe that by tomorrow we will be competitive with the other Lotus cars."

RUBENS BARRICHELLO (No. 8 BMC | Embrase – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet): "I enjoyed qualifying. For five laps I pushed the car hard. I didn't want to give away any small percentage. I just learned the track this morning and I am still learning about the red (alternate) tire. I think it was a good qualifying. It is just so close and I am still working my way up to get into the top-10."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Itaipava | GEICO| Mouser Electronics – KV Racing Technology w/SH Chevrolet): "We have been chasing ourselves since the first practice… We made a ton of changes from the first to the second practice and then again from the second practice to qualifying. The car kept improving, but during qualifying we made one change that did not go our way. We will keep working on the car overnight to get it ready for warm-up tomorrow and hopefully put on a good show for my fans and sponsors here in Brazil."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): "It wasn't a good day for us unfortunately. The first practice session was cut short because the engineers weren't happy about some parameters and we had to stop early to check the gearbox. Everything ended up okay but the session was cut short which didn't help us in terms of setting up the car. And then in the second practice I only ran a few laps before we had an engine problem which led to us not being able to take part in qualifying because of the amount of time it took to change the engine. The long straight with heavy braking here means you can overtake but starting from the back it is going to be tough. We will fight back to gain positions tomorrow and hopefully we will have a strong package. We will see how the car will be in the warm-up tomorrow. I don't mind whether it is a dry race or a wet race. To go from the back of the grid in the wet would be quite difficult in terms of visibility but there is more of a chance to go forward. In a dry race, realistically it would be very difficult to get a top result but nothing is impossible. It will be an exciting race for sure."

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 25 Team Ipiranga Chevrolet): "It was a good day; we just worked on improving time and getting back into the car again. I didn't get much time on red tires before qualifying but they seemed quicker than the black tires and with more time on them I think we could have been faster. We are just looking to be consistent in the race tomorrow and move up where we can and do well. I'm happy today with the Ipiranga and Andretti Autosport team and looking forward to tomorrow."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No 38 Service Central Honda): "Overall the day ended better then it started. I'm still not really happy with the car. I'm just so bummed that we were so close. But tomorrow is another day and we will do better."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Lotus HVM Racing Lotus): "It's a bit disappointing. I think we have a pretty good car. We just need to do a couple of tweaks for tomorrow and hope it falls our way a little bit like it did in Long Beach. Then we should be alright. The car is feeling pretty good. We just need to find a bit more speed down the straightaways and on acceleration. We'll work on it. I'm sure we'll get there."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "We had a pretty good qualifying session and I think our best on a road course so far this year. Our lap time was so close to the top 12 and that was our goal. We are making good progress and getting there. Looking forward to tomorrow with the Novo Nordisk team here in Brazil."

Fast 12 Round 2 Results


Car Driver Engine Time Diff. Gap
1 12 Will Power Chevy 1:21.2718 0.0000s 0.0000s
2 27 James Hinchcliffe Chevy 1:21.5856 0.3138 0.3138
3 9 Scott Dixon Honda 1:21.5869 0.3151 0.0013
4 10 Dario Franchitti Honda 1:21.5987 0.3269 0.0118
5 18 Justin Wilson Honda 1:21.7386 0.4668 0.1399
6 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevy 1:21.7725 0.5007 0.0339
7 38 Graham Rahal Honda 1:21.8033 0.5315 0.0308
8 14 Mike Conway Honda 1:21.8122 0.5404 0.0089
9 67 Josef Newgarden Honda 1:21.8128 0.5410 0.0006
10 2 Ryan Briscoe Chevy 1:21.8495 0.5777 0.0367
11 26 Marco Andretti Chevy 1:21.8498 0.5780 0.0003
12 11 Tony Kanaan Chevy 1:22.5210 1.2492 0.6712

Results Fast Six


Car Driver Engine Time Diff. Gap
1 12 Will Power Chevy 1:21.4045 0.0000s 0.0000s
2 10 Dario Franchitti Honda 1:21.4485 0.0440 0.0440
3 9 Scott Dixon Honda 1:21.8545 0.4500 0.4060
4 27 James Hinchcliffe Chevy 1:21.9956 0.5911 0.1411
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevy 1:22.2408 0.8363 0.2452
6 18 Justin Wilson Honda 1:22.2681 0.8636 0.0273

Starting Lineup

Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Session
1 12 Power, Will D/C/F 01:21.4045 112.151 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
2 10 Franchitti, Dario D/H/F 01:21.4485 112.090 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
3 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/F 01:21.8545 111.534 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
4 27 Hinchcliffe, James D/C/F 01:21.9956 111.343 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
5 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/C/F 01:22.2408 111.011 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
6 18 Wilson, Justin D/H/F 01:22.2681 110.974 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
7 38 Rahal, Graham D/H/F 01:21.8033 111.604 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
8 14 Conway, Mike D/H/F 01:21.8122 111.592 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
9 67 Newgarden, Josef (R) D/H/F 01:21.8128 111.591 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
10 2 Briscoe, Ryan D/C/F 01:21.8495 111.541 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
11 26 Andretti, Marco D/C/F 01:21.8498 111.541 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
12 11 Kanaan, Tony D/C/F 01:22.5210 110.634 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
13 8 Barrichello, Rubens D/C/F 01:22.3939 110.804 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
14 5 Viso, EJ D/C/F 01:22.1404 111.146 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
15 4 Hildebrand, JR D/C/F 01:22.4321 110.753 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
16 83 Kimball, Charlie D/H/F 01:22.1973 111.069 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
17 77 Pagenaud, Simon (R) D/H/F 01:22.4354 110.749 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
18 19 Jakes, James D/H/F 01:22.3840 110.818 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
19 7 Bourdais, Sebastien D/L/F 01:23.1331 109.819 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
20 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/F 01:22.4143 110.777 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
21 25 Beatriz, Ana D/C/F 01:23.2692 109.640 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
22 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/F 01:22.9424 110.072 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
23 78 de Silvestro, Simona D/L/F 01:23.6762 109.106 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
24 22 Servia, Oriol D/L/F 01:23.4509 109.401 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
25 6 Legge, Katherine (R) D/L/F 01:24.6042 107.910 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
26 15 Sato, Takuma D/H/F No Time No Speed Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

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