Franchitti, Castroneves aim to join four-time winners' club
Reigning IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay set a new record on the Brazilian street circuit in the Firestone Fast Six for the fourth Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.
Dario Franchitti strapped on a set of used Firestone alternate tires for his final bid and actually lapped the street circuit three hundredths of a second faster than when the set was new in the prior qualifying segment.
Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 77°-95° F (25°-35° C) and the ambient temperatures ranged from 66°-69° F (19°-21° C).
Firestone Firehawk race report.
A.J. Foyt’s new driver, Takuma Sato, qualifies second for best start ever in Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Power posted a best lap of 1 minute, 1.2070 seconds in the 10-minute Firestone Fast Six session that culminated the three rounds of knockout qualifications
“Firestone Fast Six” Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (105.870); 2. Takuma Sato (105.2333); 3. Simona de Silvestro (104.910); 4. James Hinchfliffe (104.816); 5. Helio Castroneves (104.686); 6. Tristan Vautier (104.408).
Tom Carnegie would be proud of today's IndyCar qualifying on the streets of St. Pete as the lap records kept falling.
The committee will make recommendations to the sanctioning body.
Speyer began his career with Firestone Tire & Rubber Company after graduating from Syracuse University in 1974
Will Power won the pole for the 2012 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. He, Dario Franchitti, Alex Tagliani, and home-track favorite Graham Rahal discuss the qualifying session.