Power holds off Ganassi duo of Franchitti and Dixon to claim pole on the streets of Sao Paulo

Will Power secured pole for this weekend's IndyCar race on the streets of Sao Paulo

Power holds off Ganassi duo of Franchitti and Dixon to claim pole on the streets of Sao Paulo

The Australian was the only Penske driver to get through to the final phase of qualifying, but he was able to hold off Ganassi duo Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon to claim his place at the front of the grid.

Franchitti fell short of Power's 1m21.4045s pole lap by a scant 0.04 seconds, with Dixon a further 0.4s in arrears.

Andretti's James Hinchcliffe maintained his record of qualifying in the top six at every race so far this year by putting himself fourth on the grid, just ahead of team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dale Coyne's Justin Wilson.

Helio Castroneves' difficult start to the weekend continued when the Brazilian got knocked out in the first round of qualifying, the Penske driver having hit the wall earlier in the day, while Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Takuma Sato was unable to take part in qualifying at all because he was having his engine changed. The former Formula 1 driver will start from the rear of the grid.

 Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 1m21.4045s 2. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m21.4485s + 0.0440s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m21.8545s + 0.4500s 4. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m21.9956s + 0.5911s 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m22.2408s + 0.8363s 6. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 1m22.2681s + 0.8636s 7. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m23.0972s Round 2 8. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 1m22.7082s Round 2 9. Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda 1m22.7301s Round 2 10. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 1m22.4404s Round 2 11. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m22.8320s Round 2 12. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 1m23.1766s Round 2 13. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 1m22.1404s Group 2 14. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m22.1973s Group 2 15. James Jakes Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 1m22.3840s Group 2 16. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 1m22.3939s Group 1 17. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 1m22.4143s Group 2 18. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 1m22.4321s Group 1 19. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 1m22.4354s Group 1 20. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 1m22.9424s Group 2 21. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Lotus 1m23.1331s Group 1 22. Ana Beatriz Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m23.2692s Group 1 23. Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold DW12-Lotus 1m23.4509s Group 2 24. Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus 1m23.6762s Group 1 25. Katherine Legge Dragon DW12-Lotus 1m24.6042s Group 1 26. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda Group 2 
shares
comments
Panther CEO John Barnes fined and put on probation by IndyCar for Twitter criticism

Previous article

Panther CEO John Barnes fined and put on probation by IndyCar for Twitter criticism

Next article

Takuma Sato gets engine change penalty for Sao Paulo IndyCar race

Takuma Sato gets engine change penalty for Sao Paulo IndyCar race
Load comments

About this article

Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Will Power
Author Mark Glendenning
How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival? Plus

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ investigates Palou's potential

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans? Plus

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?

IndyCar's gold standard teams Ganassi and Penske are set for another slugfest beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. A poor start to the first season with the new aeroscreen left Josef Newgarden with too much ground to make up on Scott Dixon in the title chase, but his strong end to 2020 suggests a battle royale lies ahead...

IndyCar
Apr 16, 2021
The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021 Plus

The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021

From rookies arriving with big reputations to veterans who still have the fire and an F1-linked squad pushing to join the big leagues, IndyCar has it all this year. Here are six of the key storylines to keep track of

IndyCar
Apr 15, 2021
The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

IndyCar
Mar 6, 2021
How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

IndyCar
Jan 20, 2021
Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

IndyCar
Jan 11, 2021
The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete Plus

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indycar game-changer that won its third Indianapolis 500 five years after its debut

IndyCar
Dec 22, 2020