Yes it is May, but there is still one more IndyCar race before the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. That race is 5,000 miles away in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for Sunday’s race in Sao Paulo. It is the second pole of the season for the defending IndyCar Series Champion. Ryan edged out some tough competition in the Firestone Fast six that surprisingly did not include a car owned by Roger Penske.
EJ Viso will start alongside his teammate on the front row tomorrow, with Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan in row two, and James Hinchcliffe and Scott Dixon sharing row three.
It was another tough break for the Penske duo of Will Power and Helio Castroneves. Neither driver advanced out of the first round as a red flag came out as James Jakes’ engine began to smoke. Power opted to wait, and ultimately only got one lap in before the red flag. After leading both practice sessions, the three-time winner of this race will start from 22nd position on Sunday. It’s the second-worst start of his career (started 28th at Indianapolis in 2008).
Much has been made of Will Power’s winless drought. If he was going to snap it, surely Sao Paulo would be the place. He’s won all three races that IndyCar has run here, including two pole starts. It seems the questions will likely follow him all month long at Indianapolis.
It was a day to forget for Rookie Tristan Vautier. After breaking wings in both morning practice sessions, he made heavy contact in qualifying. He went up and over a curb, launching his front wheels off the ground and suffered major suspension damage when he hit the wall. Josef Newgarden was not able to qualify after the team had to make an engine change following the final practice session.
The Sao Paulo Indy 300 will air live on NBC Sports Network at 11 AM ET on Sunday.