Dominant Power takes St Pete pole

Will Power continued his outstanding start to the 2010 IndyCar season by taking pole position in St Petersburg

Dominant Power takes St Pete pole

Fresh from winning the season opener in Brazil a fortnight ago, Power was quickest in every practice session at the Florida street track and then earned a comfortable pole.

Penske driver Power breezed through to the decisive Fast Six session and set a 1m01.7s lap on his first run of the pole shootout. None of his rivals could beat it - and Power then cemented his advantage by improving even further, to 1m01.6026s, as the chequered flag fell.

Tony Kanaan gave Andretti Autosport its first front row start since summer 2008 as he claimed second, 0.2771s behind Power.

Scott Dixon was third for Ganassi - but his 2009 title rivals Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) and Ryan Briscoe (Penske) both had disastrous sessions and will start in 13th and 19th respectively.

Justin Wilson gave Dreyer & Reinbold fourth on the grid, despite a brake scare, with Penske's Helio Castroneves and Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti the other two top six contenders.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) was pushed out of the Fast Six session by a last-gasp run from Castroneves so will start seventh, alongside Alex Tagliani - who could not replicate his Sao Paulo front row start but still impressed for new team Fazzt.

EJ Viso (KV) and Mike Conway (Dreyer & Reinbold) completed the top ten, with Takuma Sato (KV) 11th ahead of Hideki Mutoh (Newman/Haas/Lanigan). Sato lost the right rear wheel from his car on his out-lap in round two, but he came to a safe halt in a run-off area. The safety crew reattached the wheel during the consequent red flag and he was able to rejoin, but could not get off the sixth row.

Franchitti and Briscoe were both eliminated in the ultra-competitive first qualifying group - failing to make it into the crucial top six despite both being within 0.4s of session pacesetter Castroneves.

Briscoe, who will start way back in 19th, felt he had used his softer red tyres too soon, before track conditions were at their best, while Franchitti blamed Briscoe for impeding him.

The second qualifying group was less fraught, with Graham Rahal the highest profile casualty in his first race for Sarah Fisher Racing. The American was briefly in the top six before being edged back to a row eight start, while HVM's rookie Simona de Silvestro came within 0.002s of making it into the top 12 shootout.

Starting order: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Will Power Penske 1m01.6026s 2. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m01.8796s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m02.0820s 4. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m02.1991s 5. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m02.2117s 6. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m02.3461s 7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m01.8979s 8. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 1m01.9692s 9. EJ Viso KV 1m01.9806s 10. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 1m02.0433s 11. Takuma Sato KV 1m02.4204s 12. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1m02.5112s 13. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m02.1944s 14. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m02.4483s 15. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m02.2556s 16. Graham Rahal Sarah Fisher 1m02.5043s 17. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m02.2687s 18. Mario Romancini Conquest 1m02.7366s 19. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m02.3205s 20. Mario Moraes KV 1m02.8293s 21. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m02.4904s 22. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 1m03.4793s 23. Raphael Matos de Ferran/Luczo Dragon 1m03.0144s 24. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 1m08.5057s Round 1 - group 1: 1. Castroneves 1m01.8881s 2. Tagliani 1m02.0521s + 0.1640s 3. Wilson 1m02.0694s + 0.1813s 4. Hunter-Reay 1m02.1101s + 0.2220s 5. Viso 1m02.1253s + 0.2373s 6. Andretti 1m02.1773s + 0.2893s 7. Franchitti 1m02.1944s + 0.3063s 8. Wheldon 1m02.2556s + 0.3676s 9. Meira 1m02.2687s + 0.3807s 10. Briscoe 1m02.3205s + 0.4324s 11. Patrick 1m02.4904s + 0.6023s 12. Matos 1m03.0144s + 1.1263s Round 1 - group 2: 1. Dixon 1m01.7912s 2. Kanaan 1m01.9093s + 0.1182s 3. Power 1m02.0439s + 0.2528s 4. Conway 1m02.1081s + 0.3169s 5. Sato 1m02.2969s + 0.5057s 6. Mutoh 1m02.4472s + 0.6561s 7. de Silvestro 1m02.4493s + 0.6581s 8. Rahal 1m02.5043s + 0.7132s 9. Romancini 1m02.7366s + 0.9454s 10. Moraes 1m02.8293s + 1.0382s 11. Lloyd 1m03.4793s + 1.6881s 12. Duno 1m08.5057s + 6.7146s Round 2: 1. Power 1m01.4816s 2. Dixon 1m01.6617s + 0.1801s 3. Kanaan 1m01.8102s + 0.3287s 4. Wilson 1m01.8727s + 0.3911s 5. Andretti 1m01.8770s + 0.3955s 6. Castroneves 1m01.8965s + 0.4150s 7. Hunter-Reay 1m01.8979s + 0.4163s 8. Tagliani 1m01.9692s + 0.4876s 9. Viso 1m01.9806s + 0.4991s 10. Conway 1m02.0433s + 0.5618s 11. Sato 1m02.4204s + 0.9389s 12. Mutoh 1m02.5112s + 1.0297s Fast six: 1. Power 1m01.6026s 2. Kanaan 1m01.8796s + 0.2771s 3. Dixon 1m02.0820s + 0.4794s 4. Wilson 1m02.1991s + 0.5966s 5. Castroneves 1m02.2117s + 0.6092s 6. Andretti 1m02.3461s + 0.7435s 
shares
comments
Power still unbeatable in practice
Previous article

Power still unbeatable in practice

Next article

Power wins again in St Petersburg

Power wins again in St Petersburg
Load comments
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021