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
Matt Kenseth
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Kenseth Maintains JGR Hot Streak at Michigan
The Coors Light polesitter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kenseth quickly exhibited his mastery of the high-drag aerodynamic package, leading 146 of 200 laps in winning for the third time this season, the third time at Michigan and the 34th time in his career.
Read More
Victory Podium
 
Marquez Makes it Three Straight at Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Two-time defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez passed Jorge Lorenzo in the closing laps to notch his third consecutive title at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Wins 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The 22-year-old Spaniard won for the third consecutive time in MotoGP and fifth time overall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, passing Jorge Lorenzo with three laps to go in the 27-lap main event and holding on for the win by .688 of a second in the No. 93 Repsol Honda.
Read More
Ben Spies
 
Ben Spies Q&A: It's One of the Most Important Weekends
Ben Spies is a three time AMA Superbike Champion, former WorldSBK Champion (2009) and a MotoGP™ race winner (Assen 2011) whose career was ended by injury in 2013. Spies chatted to motogp.com ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to give us his unique insights into his ‘home’ Grand Prix:
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Back On Top in Third Practice for Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The Spaniard put his No. 93 Repsol Honda atop the speed chart for the first time in Saturday morning practice, clocking a lap of 1 minute, 32.392 seconds around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 16-turn, 2.591-mile road course. It was the fastest lap of the weekend.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 532
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 Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Do you have a question for IMS Historian Donald Davidson? Ask via Twitter with the hashtag #AskDonald or on Facebook.
about 6 hours ago