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Brazil - Qualifying times

Ryan Briscoe and Marco Andretti also failed to make it through, and there was a final disappointment for the local Brazilian crowd when Tony Kanan also failed to make it through, the only driver in the session unable to dip under the 1:22s mark.

1. Will Power Penske-Chevrolet 112.334mph 1:21.272s (4 laps)
2. James Hinchcliffe Andretti-Chevrolet 111.902mph 1:21.586s + 0.314s (4 laps)
3. Scott Dixon Ganassi-Honda 111.9mph 1:21.587s + 0.315s (4 laps)
4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi-Honda 111.884mph 1:21.599s + 0.327s (5 laps)
5. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne-Honda 111.693mph 1:21.739s + 0.467s (6 laps)
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti-Chevrolet 111.646mph 1:21.773s + 0.501s (5 laps)
7. Graham Rahal Ganassi-Honda 111.604mph 1:21.803s + 0.532s (5 laps)
8. Mike Conway AJ Foyt-Honda 111.592mph 1:21.812s + 0.540s (5 laps)
9. Josef Newgarden SFHR-Honda 111.591mph 1:21.813s + 0.541s (5 laps)
10. Ryan Briscoe Penske-Chevrolet 111.541mph 1:21.850s + 0.578s (5 laps)
11. Marco Andretti Andretti-Chevrolet 111.541mph 1:21.850s + 0.578s (5 laps)
12. Tony Kanaan KV Racing-Chevrolet 110.634mph 1:22.521s + 1.249s (5 laps)

Round 3 - Firestone Fast Six

The final six drivers left in contention were Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Again, and for the first time this season, the parity in engine manufacturer presence was maintained with three teams apiece, although the relative positions within the top six suggested a slight edge continuing for the Chevy stable, at least at Sao Paulo.

With just the top six drivers now left in the running, no one was in any mood to rush out onto the track. Ryan Hunter-Reay finally led the way with around seven and a half minutes remaining, followed closely by Justin Wilson. The rest waited another 90 seconds before following their lead, leaving them just six minutes to post their respective claims for pole position.

Wilson set the first decent time with a lap of 1:22.6767s and reduced that to 1:22.2681s next time around, but that was soon bested by Franchitti with a lap of 1:22.1814s. That dropped to 1:21.5407s next time around, but Will Power effortlessly topped all those with a lap of 1:21.4045s. Franchitti closed the gap between himself and the Penske to under half a tenth of a second, but just didn't seem to have quite the edge necessary to wrest pole position from the Aussie.

Scott Dixon had taken to the runoff at turn 11 on his first flying lap and had to hustle to get back on track and lay down a fast lap before the chequered flag. He finally did so, commendably achieving third place with a last gasp lap of 1:21.8545 ahead of Hinchcliffe, Hunter-Reay and Wilson.

1. Will Power Penske-Chevrolet 112.151mph 1:21.405s (4 laps)
2. Dario Franchitti Ganassi-Honda 112.09mph 1:21.449s + 0.044s (4 laps)
3. Scott Dixon Ganassi-Honda 111.534mph 1:21.855s + 0.450s (3 laps)
4. James Hinchcliffe Andretti-Chevrolet 111.343mph 1:21.996s + 0.591s (4 laps)
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti-Chevrolet 111.011mph 1:22.241s + 0.836s (5 laps)
6. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne-Honda 110.974mph 1:22.268s + 0.864s (5 laps)




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