IndyCar Series 2012
Dario Franchitti led Honda’s best qualifying performance of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Saturday around the 2.5-mile Parque Anhembi temporary street circuit, posting the second-fastest time and missing the pole by just four-hundredths of a second, as Honda-powered drivers and teams claimed six of the top nine starting positions for Sunday’s Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300.
Despite fading brakes in the final “Fast Six” round of knockout qualifying – which led to a pair of offcourse excursions – Scott Dixon rebounded to post the third-fastest time in his final lap of qualifying, while Justin Wilson rounded out the top six with his best qualifying performance of 2012.
Three more Honda-powered drivers just missed the opportunity to advance to the final qualifying round, but Graham Rahal, Mike Conway and impressive series rookie Josef Newgarden will start seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 11 a.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|2||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|3||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|4||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|6||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|7||Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|9||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|10||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|11||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|12||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|16||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)|
|18||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|26||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|