Chevrolet drew first blood in the manufacturers’ battle for the 2012 season, and by claiming the Top 5 grid positions for tomorrow’s season opening Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg, may as well have metaphorically chopped off the head of its rivals Honda and Lotus as well.
The Penske and Andretti teams make up the first two rows of the grid in the form of Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, but the surprise of the session was the Chip Ganassi team’s failure to even make it to the final ‘Fast 6’ qualifying session.
Scott Dixon will start from seventh but will be promoted to sixth, while reigning series champion Dario Franchitti qualified tenth and will be promoted to ninth. This follows Simon Pagenaud receiving a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change yesterday.
Lotus are at least a second off the pace but are performing reliably so far, which will be encouraging for the engine-maker who were very late in their engine development compared to their rivals.
The new high-profile signing Rubens Barrichello qualified fourteenth, however was the fastest of the Group 2 qualifiers and will take positivity from it as he makes his debut in the series.
But it was Power who broke his own lap record to take his third consecutive pole at the circuit ahead of tomorrow’s race.
2012 IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St Petersburg Qualifying Results:
* Driver will incur a ten place grid penalty due to an engine change.
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