Power storms to pole in São Paulo
30 April 2011 – Will Power secured a dominant pole position for the São Paulo Indy 300 on Saturday afternoon, setting a personal best time of 1:21.896 to lead Ryan Hunter-Reay by almost half a second. Scott Dixon completed the fastest three runners, while none of the Brazilian drivers present managed to make it into the top five.
Conditions in Brazil's largest city were once again pleasant, with Power making the most of the weather by claiming his third pole of 2011. Ryan Briscoe was next up in fourth, just ahead of Graham Rahal in the second Ganassi machine. The American had to settle for fifth in the ‘Fast Six’ despite leading his allotted group, edging out reigning Champion Dario Franchitti.
Hélio Castroneves had to settle for seventh on the grid in front of his home fans, marginally in front of Justin Wilson who joins him on the fourth row. There will be many eyes focused on the driving standards of Castroneves this weekend, with series officials promising to ‘keep a close eye’ on the 35-year-old after a run of incidents so far this season.
Mike Conway claimed ninth for Andretti Autosport, four tenths behind team-mate and second place man Hunter-Reay. The Briton secured his maiden IndyCar victory at Long Beach last time out, but he will start six places lower on the grid here in Brazil. The top ten was completed by Takuma Sato who ended the session almost a second ahead of fellow KV Racing driver Tony Kanaan.
Sunday’s race begins at 1:20pm local time (BST -4)