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Power Takes Opening Pole at St. Petersburg

2016 runner up, Will Power, secured his 7th pole position despite a brush with the wall during the second round of qualifying; giving Chevrolet powered cars a front grid after Honda powered cars dominated the practices.

Four times Champion, Scott Dixon missed out on the top spot by 0.1579 seconds after a mistake early in his best lap, but the Ganassi driver was still starts 2nd and will be looking to take his first victory in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

James Hinchcliffe qualified 3rd for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport ahead of Team Penske’s new star, Josef Newgarden, who made it through to the Fast Six on his first weekend with reigning Champions.

Japan’s Takuma Sato, qualified 5th on his first appearance with Andretti, with Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan following him in 6th.

Former F1 drivers, Max Chilton and Alexander Rossi managed 7th and 8th respectively, while reigning Champion, Simon Pagenaud, only managed 14th following a disappointing qualifying, despite showing speed during the practice sessions.

Rookie Ed Jones, only managed 19th, however the Emirati did manage to out qualify his team mate, Sebastian Bourdais, with the Frenchman qualifying last for Dale Coyne Racing.

The 14th Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start at 4:30 p.m. BST on Sunday the 12th of March.

Provisional Grid

  1. Will Power
  2. Scott Dixon
  3. James Hinchcliffe
  4. Josef Newgarden
  5. Takuma Sato
  6. Tony Kanaan
  7. Max Chilton
  8. Alexander Rossi
  9. Charlie Kimball
  10. Graham Rahal
  11. Carlos Munoz
  12. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  13. Spencer Pigot
  14. Simon Pagenaud
  15. Marco Andretti
  16. Helio Castroneves
  17. Mikhail Aleshin
  18. Ed Jones
  19. JR Hildebrand
  20. Conor Daly
  21. Sebastien Bourdais

 

For clarification on IndyCar’s qualifying procedures see http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDYCAR-101/Understanding-The-Sport/Qualfiying-Procedures

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Diarmuid Hourihane

Diarmuid is a 25 year old qualified Business teacher from Co. Cork, Ireland. Covers IndyCar qualifying and race days for the L&T website. He also has been an F1 fan since childhood.

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