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Power tops close Sao Paulo qualifying

Will Power claimed pole position in Brazil for Sunday's Sao Paulo Indy 300, but it was a notably closer-run affair between the Chevy and Honda teams.
Will Power might have looked fairly comfortably in charge of qualifying for the Sao Paulo Indy 300, but he was never allowed to run away with it and didn't have the sort of crushing dominant pace that we've seen him unleash in the past.

Instead, the Penske driver's final lap of 1:21.4045s - despite being a new record for the event - was only half of a tenth of a second faster than Dario Franchitti's best time.

"It was satisfying," summed up the championship leader. "Being on pole is a good start to the weekend." The pole position is Power's 26th in his IZOD IndyCar Series career, the same number as Dario Franchitti.

But Power's not taking anything for granted, and reckoned that they could all be in for a wild ride come Sunday. "I have a feeling it's going to be wet, or maybe wet-dry for the race," he said, which was pretty much the picture being painted by all the 24 hour forecasts. "It will mix things up a lot."

"I feel a lot more happy than I have in the last few races," said Franchitti, agreeing that it was his best qualifying performance so far this season, but the Scot was nonetheless disappointed not to come out one better in the final standings.

"I'm a little disappointed in myself but at the same time I feel a lot more happy than I have in the last few races," he said. "The time is in the car. On the first lap, Justin was in the runoff in the hairpin so I took it a bit easy there. And then the next lap I just messed it up to be honest, and I actually made up all of the time back again."

Dario's Ganassi team mate Scott Dixon recovering from an early overrun in the final round of qualifying to still manage to get to within almost four tenths of a second of them by the chequered flag.

"We had a pretty good car. It was fairly loose, which is a bit odd actually for this year," he said. "Thought we could go for the top spot in Q3. Went out and went straight through the run-off in turn 1 and couldn't slow the car down; the brakes were a bit strange.

"Then went down into turn 11 and the left-front locked straight away with a big flat spot and went into the run-off," he continued. "I had to get turned around and then take a lap to get going. We got back to third - I was lucky."




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Dario Franchitti leads Justin Wilson through the turn two chicane on the streets of Sao Paulo. (c) 2012 - Phillip Abbott, LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on the streets of Sao Paulo. (c) 2012 - Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, raises his arm as he crosses the finish line Sunday, April 13, 2014 to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
James Hinchliffe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power signs an autograph for a young fan at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe in the hairpin during practice at Long Beach -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media

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