News & Multimedia

INDYCAR In-Car Theater: IndyCar Qualifying And Race Footage From St. Pete

Take a 1600-pound Indy car, insert a driver with unparalleled skill, attach Firestone's stickiest tires, pile on aerodynamic downforce that's about equal to the weight of a Chevy Cruze and pull the pin on a wild lap of qualifying within the narrow, concrete-lined walls of downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

Ride on-board with Chevy-powered Team Penske driver Will Power for a lap of IndyCar qualifying at St. Petersburg last weekend as the Aussie does a masterful job of living on the limit around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile circuit.

In typical Power fashion, this lap includes a few corrections with the steering wheel, including a catch as he exits Turn 10 and the wall on the right--which juts out and loves to rips wheels clean off--draws ever closer. His lightning fast hands perform those corrections in a few tenths of s second.

When he's done, Power's on pole position, breaking the IndyCar Series lap record at St. Pete...he's also a ahead of the second-place qualifier by a staggering .376 seconds. On a lap that only laps 61 seconds, it's a monster performance.

Asked which section are toughest to conquer, Power told IMS.com "It's like threading the needle through 4-5-6-7. It's a tight go around the back section."

On his powerslide exiting Turn 10 and the approaching exit wall, he says "If you're thinking you're going to hit it, there's no question you will. It's governed by what you do on the way into the corner--whether you're catching the car on the way out. It's the kind of corner where you always think, 'Aaah, I could have done more.' You're never game enough to try it, though, but for maybe one lap. There's a big penalty if you get it wrong, obviously..."

And Power's thoughts on chassis setup and the right mindset for qualifying?

"You don't find big chunks in qualifying today. You've got to get it right so you're not fighting oversteering or understeering. I just love going out there and giving it everything I have. I believe it's a personality thing. You either have it or you don't."

 

Contrast Power's leave-nothing-on-the-table qualifying run with that of Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro as she nears the halfway point in the 110-lap race. De Silvestro's instructions in her Chevy-powered KV Racing car involve saving fuel and trying to save her tires for as long as possible.

But as her footage shows, despite a silky touch on the steering wheel and with her right foot, the rear tires are starting to give up. She qualified third and was running fourth at the time--behind Will Power, actually--and pushes as hard as she can, but the calm in her voice when communicating with Gerald Tyler, her engineer, is remarkable.

Despite the numerous constraints--go fast, but save fuel...and go fast while taking it easy on the tires--she seems wholly unfazed by it all. It's another window into what makes her one of the most talented IndyCar drivers in the series today.

 
Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
INDYCAR In-Car Theater: IndyCar Qualifying And Race Footage From St. Pete
 
INDYCAR In-Car Theater: IndyCar Qualifying And Race Footage From St. Pete
Take a 1600-pound Indy car, insert a driver with unparalleled skill, attach Firestone's stickiest tires, pile on aerodynamic downforce that's about equal to the weight of a Chevy Cruze and pull the pin on a wild lap of qualifying within the narrow, concrete-lined walls of downtown St. Petersburg, FL.
Read More
Related Media
A.J. Foyt
 
Sharing 'Super Tex' Stories on a Special 80th Birthday
Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only driver to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona and Le Mans, turns 80 today. We asked a few veteran motorsports journalists and broadcasters to share tributes and stories about the man universally known as “Super Tex.”
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Hunter-Reay Presented With Baby Borg Trophy
The trophies are keepsakes for the winning driver and team owner. The 14-inch-tall, sterling silver Championship Driver’s Trophy – a replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy -- rests on a 4-inch by 8-inch beveled black marble base that includes a three-dimensional sterling silver image of the winning driver’s face hand-crafted by noted American sculptor William Behrends, and an inscription of the winning team and year of victory.
Read More
A.J. Foyt
 
A.J. Foyt Recovers at Home as Milestone Birthday Approaches
For A.J. Foyt, turning 80 this Friday may be one of his greatest accomplishments in a lifetime defined by record-setting milestones.
Read More
Sarah Fisher
 
Sarah Fisher To Compete in 2015 Chili Bowl
Sarah Fisher will return to the driver's seat next weekend to compete in the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in Tulsa, Okla. The woman voted most popular driver four times in two different series will campaign the No. 67RW for RW Motorsports, owned by Steve Weirich and Mario Rotondo. Hartman Oil will be the presenting sponsor on the midget.
Read More
IndyCar New Year's Eve Drop
 
Ed Carpenter Helps Count Down New Year’s Eve Indy Car Drop
In true Indy fashion, an actual Indy car presented by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series was suspended high above the Georgia Street stage and descended for the final seconds of 2014
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 876
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Hey @jeffgordonweb, we have the PERFECT part time gig for you during retirement... #YellowShirt #Brickyard400 http://t.co/I8qIeRh4Pn
January 24