Herta Claims Pole in St Petersburg

Bryan Herta has claimed the first ever IRL street course pole position ahead of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Herta Claims Pole in St Petersburg

Herta's pole is his second in succession, following on from the pole earned at the Phoenix International Speedway two weeks ago, but was earned under the new qualifying regulations brought in by series organisers for road courses.

Helio Castroneves, as the fastest runner in qualifying on Friday, was given the option to be either the first or last driver to run in qualifying. He chose to be last on track.

The qualifying procedure in place had every driver running one by one through the grid, with the top six runners given ten minutes to run unlimited laps together to establish the positions on the first three rows of the grid.

After the first section of qualifying, the top six was as follows:

1. Dario Franchitti 1:03.0384 2. Helio Castroneves 1:03.1975 3. Tomas Enge 1:03.2650 4. Bryan Herta 1:03.4260 5. Sam Hornish Jr. 1:03.4515 6. Tony Kanaan 1:03.7254 

Herta was the biggest winner of the new format: "It's easy for me to say it's a good thing because it worked out for me, but I really do think it was cool - I was on the fence about it, but it's exciting!

The single-car thing isn't as exciting, but the six-car shootout was really exciting. It put a lot of pressure on the six of us trying to improve."

Tony Kanaan also made the most of the new format, moving up from sixth to third on the grid. "It was awesome!" he noted after the session. "I think it was very exciting, and I hope the fans liked it. I enjoyed it. We had to the opportunity to get better, and we did, so I enjoyed it even more."

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Qualifying Results:
Pos Driver Time Speed (mph)
1. Bryan Herta 1:02.5096 103.664 2. Helio Castroneves 1:02.6933 103.360 3. Tony Kanaan 1:02.9789 102.892 4. Dario Franchitti 1:03.0384 102.794 5. Tomas Enge 1:03.2650 102.426 6. Sam Hornish Jr 1:03.4515 102.125 7. Kosuke Matsuura 1:03.7564 101.637 8. Tomas Scheckter 1:03.8182 101.538 9. Dan Wheldon 1:03.9536 101.323 10. Ryan Briscoe 1:04.1147 101.069 11. Scott Dixon 1:04.2025 100.931 12. Vitor Meira 1:04.2921 100.790 13. Alex Barron 1:04.3051 100.770 14. Patrick Carpentier 1:04.4630 100.523 15. Danica Patrick 1:04.6499 100.232 16. Darren Manning 1:04.7565 100.067 17. Buddy Rice 1:05.1950 99.394 18. Roger Yasukawa 1:05.7824 98.507 19. Ed Carpenter 1:07.9355 95.385 20. Scott Sharp no time 21. AJ Foyt IV no time
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