Castroneves leads teammates in qualifying

Castroneves leads teammates in qualifying

18 September 2010 – Helio Castroneves earned his fourth PEAK Performance Pole Award in the past five years on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval with a two-lap average of 201.992 mph. The pole winner has won three times and finished second in the seven previous years. 

“This track is so challenging and I'm very, very excited that we are starting in the top three spots,” said Castroneves, who won in 2006. “Hopefully, we finish like that as well in the race. 

“We're going to try to get the win for Team Penske, but the big deal in the points is tomorrow for the race. We're going to make sure that we just execute. We don't need to panic, we just need to execute. So the ball is in our court now and just we can make it happen.” 

Ryan Briscoe (201.594), who saw a chance to wrap up the drivers’ title last year wither at Twin Ring Motegi, also will be on the front row. Power, the final qualifier of 25, posted a two-lap average of 201.463 mph. Appropriately, Power and Franchitti (200.964) will share Row 2. 

“As a team, we're due for a good finish,” said Power, who’s seeking his first IZOD IndyCar Series oval victory. “I'm very happy about the starting positions. We hope we can execute in the race and get some points back. 

“I think (in the race it’s) really difficult to pass. I think you're going to have to move through the traffic well. And sometimes this race does come down to strategy. So, as a team, if we just don't make any mistakes, I think we can all finish in a very good position. I think that's going to be the key to winning this race. I've just got to follow these guys and keep Dario behind me.” 

Power is making his debut at the track; Franchitti has finished second and third his past two visits. 

"I think we have a better race car than qualifying car," said Franchitti, who finished first and fifth in the past two oval races. "It’s a great racetrack that really produces great racing." 

Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay are behind Franchitti, and E.J. Viso of KV Racing Technology recorded his best start on an oval this season in eighth. Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon will start ninth. 

Takuma Sato, who saw limited track time because of a crash early in the first practice session, led the three drivers with Japanese heritage with a 10th-place starting spot. Hideki Mutoh will start 17th and Roger Yasukawa 21st. 

“I think KV Racing Technology won the day,” said Sato, whose army of fans greeted his qualifying effort with a standing ovation. “It’s a great result for the whole team. After we had such a difficult situation in the morning, the whole team, crew members from all three cars, came together to work on my car. 

“Even though I only ran a few laps during the second practice, I want to thank the engineers for giving me a car that gave me the confidence to attack the most challenging oval in the series during my qualifying run. The next step is to review all the data from today and hopefully we will have a good race.”

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 28 January 2015

  2. Video of the Day: Hamilton talks fashion 05:06

    Video of the Day: Hamilton talks fashion

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton answers questions at the Mercedes-Benz Champions of Fashion film shoot.

    F1
  3. Tuesday 27 January 2015

  4. 20:17

    Photos: Red Bull drivers take to the slopes

    F1
  5. Horner: New Red Bull not ready yet 18:45

    Horner: New Red Bull not ready yet

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has revealed the outfit is yet to complete its new Formula 1 car, and that there is...

    F1
  6. Video: Allison on the new Ferrari SF15-T 17:32

    Video: Allison on the new Ferrari SF15-T

    Technical Director James Allison talks about the new Ferrari SF15-T, ahead of its official launch on Friday.

    F1
  7. Sauber confirms C34 launch date 16:03

    Sauber confirms C34 launch date

    Sauber has announced that it will unveil its new challenger, the C34, on January 30. The Ferrari-powered car will be...

    F1
  8. Sørensen signs with Carlin for 2015 15:13

    Sørensen signs with Carlin for 2015

    Lotus F1 Team junior driver Marco Sørensen will compete in GP2 this year with Carlin. The Dane, 24, who contested a part...

    GP2
  9. Video: Kubica survives massive Monte off 13:30

    Video: Kubica survives massive Monte off

    Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica survives a massive off on day two of Rallye Monte Carlo. The Pole did not finish,...

    Misc
  10. McLaren fires up MP4-30 for first time 10:17

    McLaren fires up MP4-30 for first time

    McLaren fired up the MP4-30, its 2015 Formula 1 challenger, for the first time on Monday, as the team gears up for a new era...

    F1
  11. Lotus hopeful of return to form in 2015 09:28

    Lotus hopeful of return to form in 2015

    Lotus CEO Matthew Carter says the squad is ready to move back up the Formula 1 grid, having endured one of its worst...

    F1
  12. Video of the Day: Force India behind the scenes 05:06

    Video of the Day: Force India behind the scenes

    Go behind-the-scenes with Force India in their 'making of' video of the squad's 2015 launch in Mexico City

    F1
  13. Monday 26 January 2015

  14. 14:17

    Photos: Lotus unveils E23 Hybrid

    F1
  15. Lotus releases first images of E23 Hybrid 14:10

    Lotus releases first images of E23 Hybrid

    Lotus has revealed the first images of its Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid, which the team hopes will propel it back up the...

    F1
  16. Palmer: Lotus reserve deal a 'no brainer' 13:25

    Palmer: Lotus reserve deal a 'no brainer'

    Reigning GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer says joining Lotus as its reserve driver was a "no brainer", due to the amount of track...

    F1
  17. Ferrari reveals name of 2015 challenger 11:36

    Ferrari reveals name of 2015 challenger

    Ferrari has revealed the name of its 2015 challenger, ahead of its unveiling at the end of the week. The team will...

    F1
  18. Bottas to debut Williams FW37 at Jerez 08:53

    Bottas to debut Williams FW37 at Jerez

    Williams has confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will give the new Mercedes-powered FW37 its public debut on the first day of...

    F1
  19. Video of the Day: Rosberg's torture machine 05:08

    Video of the Day: Rosberg's torture machine

    Nico Rosberg demonstrates his 'torture chamber' as he trains for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign.

    F1
  20. Sunday 25 January 2015

  21. Renault targeting 'at least five wins' in 2015 16:36

    Renault targeting 'at least five wins' in 2015

    Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul expects the French manufacturer to halve its engine deficit to pacesetters...

    F1
  22. 'Evolutionary approach' for Force India's VJM08 13:22

    'Evolutionary approach' for Force India's VJM08

    Force India Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer says the squad's VJM08 is an evolution, with the car containing much of...

    F1
  23. Rosberg got over 2014 disappointment quickly 08:11

    Rosberg got over 2014 disappointment quickly

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg says it took him just a few days to get over losing out on the 2014 title and is ready to fight again...

    F1
  24. Video of the Day: Inside the Abt garage 05:04

    Video of the Day: Inside the Abt garage

    Go behind the scenes in the Audi Sport Abt Formula E garage with driver Daniel Abt.

    FE
  25. Saturday 24 January 2015

  26. Streiff retracts comments following FIA threat 13:13

    Streiff retracts comments following FIA threat

    Philippe Streiff has retracted comments made about the FIA after President Jean Todt and Medical Commission boss Gérard...

    F1
  27. Arrivabene wants 'heavy metal band' sound in F1 07:39

    Arrivabene wants 'heavy metal band' sound in F1

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has backed calls by Mercedes' Niki Lauda to boost the spectacle of Formula 1 and...

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: McLaren P1 GTR approaches 05:17

    Video of the Day: McLaren P1 GTR approaches

    In just under two months, the McLaren P1 GTR will be officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

    F1
  29. Friday 23 January 2015

  30. Video: Vettel in Ferrari's 2015 challenger 17:23

    Video: Vettel in Ferrari's 2015 challenger

    Ferrari has released a short video of Sebastian Vettel sitting in the team's 2015 Formula 1 car.

    F1
  31. Vettel to complete first laps in new Ferrari 16:15

    Vettel to complete first laps in new Ferrari

    Sebastian Vettel will be the first to drive Ferrari's new Formula 1 car at next month's Jerez test, a spokesman for the...

    F1
  32. Exclusive interview with Pirelli's Paul Hembery 15:32

    Exclusive interview with Pirelli's Paul Hembery

    Formula 1 returns to action at the start of next month, when the majority of teams debut their new cars at Jerez. Ahead of...

    F1
  33. 15:09

    Photos: Construction work in Mexico City

    F1
  34. Red Bull offers £10,000 reward after robbery 14:43

    Red Bull offers £10,000 reward after robbery

    Red Bull has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those who stole over 60 trophies from...

    F1
  35. Sauber confirms driver schedule for Jerez 13:56

    Sauber confirms driver schedule for Jerez

    Sauber has confirmed its driver schedule for the opening pre-season test at the Circuito de Jerez, which takes place from...

    F1
  36. Marciello joins Trident for 2015 season 10:07

    Marciello joins Trident for 2015 season

    Ferrari youngster Raffaele Marciello has switched to Trident for his second GP2 season. The Swiss-born Italian, 20, made...

    GP2
  37. Hernández forced to miss first Sepang test 09:56

    Hernández forced to miss first Sepang test

    Pramac rider Yonny Hernández will skip next month's opening Sepang test after dislocating his left shoulder in a dirt track...

    MotoGP
  38. Chilton eyes IndyCar with Carlin in 2016 06:57

    Chilton eyes IndyCar with Carlin in 2016

    Ex-Marussia Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will join forces with Carlin in a joint development programme as both parties look...

    F1
  39. Video of the Day: Sauber presents Ericsson 05:12

    Video of the Day: Sauber presents Ericsson

    Sauber introduces its new signing for the 2015 season – Swedish racer Marcus Ericsson.

    F1
  40. Thursday 22 January 2015

  41. FIA launches legal action against Streiff 18:15

    FIA launches legal action against Streiff

    The FIA, President Jean Todt and Medical Commission boss Gérard Saillant are planning to take legal action against...

    F1
  42. Villeneuve-designed circuit gets approval 16:32

    Villeneuve-designed circuit gets approval

    A racing complex that will feature a road track designed by former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has received...

    F1
  43. Caterham administrator refuses to give up 14:34

    Caterham administrator refuses to give up

    Caterham's administrator has refused to give up on finding a new buyer for the 2015 season. Caterham entered...

    F1
  44. Melandri: Malaysia tests crucial for confidence 13:38

    Melandri: Malaysia tests crucial for confidence

    Factory Gresini Aprilia rider Marco Melandri says it is essential that he builds up his confidence levels at next month's...

    MotoGP
  45. Alonso to debut McLaren-Honda at Jerez 11:24

    Alonso to debut McLaren-Honda at Jerez

    McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will be the first to drive the upcoming MP4-30 at the opening pre-season test in...

    F1
  46. Video: 3D animation of Williams FW37 11:02

    Video: 3D animation of Williams FW37

    Watch a rotating 3D animation of the new Williams FW37, revealed online earlier this week.

    F1
  47. Ecclestone hopeful Marussia can be saved 10:19

    Ecclestone hopeful Marussia can be saved

    Bernie Ecclestone is hopeful that Marussia can be saved after meeting with a potential investor. The team's planned...

    F1
more news