Hunter-Reay starts Sao Paulo IndyCar round from P1

Ryan Hunter-Reay claims pole in Brazil

Ryan Hunter-Reay claims pole in Brazil

The Andretti Autosports driver Ryan Hunter-Reay has clinched pole position for the Sao Paulo street race while the Team Penske spearheads were caught out by red flags.

Hunter-Reay, the defending IndyCar Series champion, managed to narrowly tip out his team-mate EJ Viso while Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti was third fastest in the knockout format.

In clocking 1:20.4312s, Hunter-Reay broke the track record set by Penske’s Will Power.

“I gave it everything I had, and it’s great to get the DHL Chevrolet up front again and on pole,” said Runter-Reay.

“That’s three of the four races this year that we’ve been on the front row and twice on pole.

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“Tomorrow’s the challenge, though. We thought we had a good car at Long Beach, and once we got into the race, I knew we were challenged and would be for the rest of the day. We need to make sure we’ve fixed those things this time and go out and have a great race.

“Starting on pole here is a challenge because you are a sitting duck out front on the long straights.”

It was Power and his team-mate Helio Castroneves who were left stranded when James Jakes brought out the red flags in the opening session.

After not putting in a flying lap Power will now be forced to start from 22nd, continuing his indifferent start to the season while Castroneves will start from 18th.

Tony Kanaan, who is still not fully recovered from a hand injury from the previous round at Long Beach, starts on the second row alongside Franchitti.

James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon and four-times Champ Car series winner Sebastien Bourdais are next.

 RESULT: Sao Paulo qualifying

 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m20.4312s
 2 EJ Viso Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m20.7380s  +0.3068s
 3 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m20.8922s  +0.4610s
 4 Tony Kannan KV Dallara-Chevy 1m20.9812s   +0.5500s
 5 James Hinchliffe Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m20.9893s  +0.5581s
 6 Scott Dixon Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m21.1183s + 0.6871s
 7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m20.8210s Round 2
 8 Simona de Silvestro KV Dallara-Chevy 1m20.9390s Round 2
 9 Justin Wilson Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m21.0570s Round 2
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m21.1716s Round 2
11 JR Hilderbrand Panther Dallara-Cevy 1m21.2961s Round 2
12 Takuma Sato Foyt Dallara-Honda 1m21.3618s Round 2
13 Oriol Servia Panther DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m21.7963s Group 1
14 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Dallara-Chevy 1m24.0203s Group 2
15 Alex Tagliani Herta Dallara-Honda 1m21.8636s Group 1
16 Ana Beatriz Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m24.8864s Group 2
17 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m22.2482s Group 1
18 Helio Casroneves Penkse Dallara-Chevy 1m25.1734s Group 2
19 Graham Rahal Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m22.2998s Group 1
20 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Dallara-Chevy Group 2
21 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Dallara-Honda Group 1
22 Will Power Penske Dallara-Chevy Group 2
23 Josef Newgarden Fisher Dallara-Honda Group 1
24 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Dallara-Honda Group 2
25 James Jakes Rahal Dallara-Honda Group 2





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