Will Power takes fourth-straight pole
Will Power his taken his fourth-consecutive pole award of the season and gave Penske Racing its 200th Indy car pole for the São Paulo Indy 300.
Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, set the track record of 1m21.8958s with three minutes left in the 10-minute Firestone Fast Six shootout on the 2.536-mile, 11-turn street circuit.
Like at Long Beach two weeks earlier, Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Power on the front row. They finished one-two in the IZOD IndyCar Series race in Brazil, with Power starting the 2010 season with the victory.
“What a fantastic job they did repaving the track, and I believe it now sets the standard for street courses,” Power said.
“The second session for us was a little tight – I was P5 with one lap to go – and I put a lap together at the end to advance. In the Fast Six we were very comfortable and gave it everything we had.”
Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe will share Row 2, while Graham Rahal and Dario Franchitti will be on the third row for the 75-lap race.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 1m21.8958s 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m22.2975s + 0.4017s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m22.3620s + 0.4662s 4. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m22.3937s + 0.4979s 5. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m22.4970s + 0.6012s 6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m22.6103s + 0.7145s 7. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m22.6283s (Round 2) 8. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m22.6471s (Round 2) 9. Mike Conway Andretti 1m22.6986s (Round 2) 10. Takuma Sato KV 1m22.7379s (Round 2) 11. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m22.8450s (Round 2) 12. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m22.9084s (Round 2) 13. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m23.6807s (Group 1) 14. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m23.3196s (Group 2) 15. Tony Kanaan KV 1m23.6838s (Group 1) 16. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m23.4015s (Group 2) 17. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m23.7682s (Group 1) 18. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m23.7126s (Group 2) 19. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m24.0967s (Group 1) 20. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m23.7801s (Group 2) 21. Raphael Matos AFS 1m24.1890s (Group 1) 22. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m23.8443s (Group 2) 23. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m24.2963s (Group 1) 24. James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m23.8482s (Group 2) 25. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m24.8246s (Group 1) 26. EJ Viso KV (Group 2)