IndyCar St Petersburg grid: Power on pole

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    Keith Collantine

    Will Power is on pole position for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St Petersburg for the third year in a row. Here’s the grid:

    1. Will Power (Penske-Chevrolet) 1’01.3721
    2. Ryan Briscoe (Penske-Chevrolet) 1’01.5357
    3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti-Chevrolet) 1’01.9321
    4. James Hinchcliffe (Andretti-Chevrolet) 1’01.9701
    5. Helio Castroneves (Penske-Chevrolet) 1’01.9987
    6. Scott Dixon (Ganassi-Honda) 1’01.7636
    7. Marco Andretti (Andretti-Chevrolet) 1’01.7895
    8. Tony Kanaan (KV-Chevrolet) 1’01.8699
    9. Dario Franchitti (Ganassi-Honda) 1’01.9570
    10. Graham Rahal (Ganassi-Honda) 1’02.0233
    11. Mike Conway (Foyt-Honda) 1’02.5084
    12. EJ Viso (KV-Chevrolet) 1’02.5146
    13. Rubens Barrichello (KV-Chevrolet) 1’02.2009
    14. Takuma Sato (Rahal-Honda) 1’02.6015
    15. Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt-Hamilton-Honda) 1’02.1095*
    16. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne-Honda) 1’02.2538
    17. Alex Tagliani (Herta-Lotus) 1’02.6506
    18. JR Hildebrand (Panther-Chevrolet) 1’02.4426
    19. Josef Newgarden (SFHR-Honda) 1’02.7155
    20. James Jakes (Dale Coyne-Honda) 1’02.5271
    21. Simona de Silverstro (HVM-Lotus) 1’02.8218
    22. Charlie Kimball (Ganassi-Honda) 1’03.0437
    23. Oriol Servia (Dreyer & Reinbold-Lotus) 1’02.8771
    24. Ed Carpenter (Carpenter-Chevrolet) 1’03.3591
    25. Katherine Legge (Dragon-Lotus) 1’03.6048
    26. Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon-Lotus) 1’05.6858

    *10-place penalty.

    Bit of a surprise to see Franchitti down in tenth. 13th for Barrichello is a decent first effort.

    The highest Lotus-engined car is Tagliani’s in 17th, looks like they’ve got a bit of a performance deficit.



    Bourdais was about 1-2 tenths faster than Tagliani I believe, but he spun at the end of the qualifying group he was in and caused a red flag, and they deleted his fastest laptime for that as far as I’m aware.



    Absolutely great qualifying today. Andretti Autosport and Pagenaud have really risen to the challenge this year. Honda does seem to be a little bit off the pace though.

    Fast Six on Youtube



    That video has made me realise how just awful the new cars look…



    Isn’t “Dragon-Lotus” the coolest team name ever? Since you have to jump through hoops to watch ALMS nowadays, I’m gonna have to keep up with IndyCar and Rolex Grand-Am, especially since IndyCar is running on more street/road courses than ovals.



    The Lotus performance deficit is likely at least partially because they had the shortest development period for their engines. I also think Chevrolet have a bit of an edge since they’re actually made by Ilmor who made the previous Honda Indycar Engines.



    Really looks as if Chevrolet stole a march on their engine rivals this year, as @thersquared writes. Ganassi is quite a bit further down than one would expect, although it might be different on ovals.
    Pagenaud was the fastest Honda engined car, really impressive from him, and the team.

    And off course @damionshadows is completely right about the Dragon-Lotus team name. Shame they will need a lot od dragon power and lotus calm to get a good result from making up the back of the field.


    Keith Collantine

    @f1alex I think once you get past the rear construction it’s not so bad. Does look a bit strange, but at least it’s there for a reason, unlike these dreadful stepped noses we have in F1.

    The front of the IndyCars look good – much better than the current F1 cars – and there’s a lot of excellent liveries. Sauber need to recruit a car painter from IndyCar…


    Prisoner Monkeys

    @keithcollantine – The stepped noses are there for a reason. It’s just not a very good reason. And, as McLaren (and to a lesser extent, Marussia) have demonstrated, you can be quick with a low nose and a good-looking car, which makes the reason all the more lazy.


    Joel Holland

    It’s just the view from behind that bugs me, and that’s only when (like on Pagenaud’s car) they paint those rocket booster things white. If they’re black they blend with the tyres and it’s not so bad.

    I’m sure one of the aero kits next year will look better than this. It might be rubbish but it’ll look better.


    Joel Holland

    And really, if we get a good race at St. Pete today I won’t give too much thought to what they look like.



    Obviously, the rear “bumper” is to keep the cars from taking flight on hyper fast ovals. They seem to have eliminated needless rear punctures during the race. Not the best looking, but very functional. The new IndyCars are better looking than those hideous stepped noses.

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