2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14, Qualifying)

A map of the Chicagoland Motor Speedway. © Copyright Unknown.

For the 12th time this season, Roger Penske’s team showcased their prowess in qualifying; however it was Ryan Briscoe and not Will Power that secured the top spot this time around. With an average two-lap qualifying speed of 216.346mph, Briscoe’s speed advantage over fellow front-row starter, Dario Franchitti was ample indeed – the Scot averaged 215.593mph over his two fast laps.
Power did head the all-Penske second row; however Franchitti’s Ganassi team mate certainly made life a little difficult for himself – Scott Dixon will starting 15th following a difficult run.Marco Andretti was the top Andretti-Autosport runner with his 5th place spot; however it was a mixed bag for the four-car team – Ryan Hunter-Reay slots in at 9th position, while Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan will start from 12th and 13th respectively.
Alongside Andretti in 6th position will be Graham Rahal in his Newman-Haas machine, while his team mate Hideki Mutoh runs from one row behind. The Newman-Haas pair will be sandwiching the Panther Racing driver of Dan Wheldon. The 2005 Champion has had a difficult season so far and there are questions as to whether he will still be at Panther next year, but a good result here may help to revive his flagging career. Temporary team mate, Ed Carpenter lines up 11th in his first run since the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Takuma Sato got the best out of the KV Racing equipment – the former F1 driver will start front the outside of row 5; however fellow KV racer’s, EJ Viso and Mario Moraes will be rolling from 16th and 21st respectively.
Former Indy Lights Champion Alex Lloyd is currently running as rookie of the year and he will be starting beside Kanaan in 14th place; however in a very rare occurrence, the much maligned Milka Duno qualified 26th spot.
It does not say something positive about the state of the current car and oval track that a driver that can be be 8 seconds per lap down at Watkins Glen is battling for places with other drivers at the rear of the field.

Of the remaining “regular” runners, Raphael Matos qualified in 18th ahead of the row 10 pair of Alex Tagliani (FAZZT Racing) and Bertrand Baguette (Conquest Racing). Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold) and Vitor Meira (AJ Foyt Racing) filled out row 12.  Simona de Silvestro starts a disappointing 27th for HVM.

There were a number of part-timers back for this race too with Tomas Scheckter 17th for Conquest Racing (replacing the skill-less Francesco Dracone), while Ana Beatriz returns for Dreyer & Reinbold (22nd), Davey Hamilton sits at de Ferran / Dragon Racing (28th).
Both Sarah Fisher Racing machines entered the race with Fisher herself qualifying 25th and Jay Howard picking up last spot out of the 29 runners. For the few races Howard has run, he has generally been off the pace – one wonders how quickly this partnership will dissolve once the season is done.

The Chicagoland 300 starts at 1am (BST) on Sunday morning and will broadcast live from indycar.com and Sky Sports 4, with coverage beginning at 12.30am.

2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14, Qualifying)
Rank Car Driver                   Total Time Speed
1      6 Briscoe, Ryan            00:50.5857 216.346
2     10 Franchitti, Dario        00:50.7624 215.593
3     12 Power, Will              00:50.7792 215.521
4      3 Castroneves, Helio       00:50.7902 215.475
5     26 Andretti, Marco          00:50.8265 215.321
6     02 Rahal, Graham            00:50.8281 215.314
7      4 Wheldon, Dan             00:50.8789 215.099
8     06 Mutoh, Hideki            00:50.8892 215.055
9     37 Hunter-Reay, Ryan        00:50.9074 214.979
10     5 Sato, Takuma (R)         00:50.9154 214.945
11    20 Carpenter, Ed            00:50.9423 214.831
12     7 Patrick, Danica          00:50.9616 214.750
13    11 Kanaan, Tony             00:50.9896 214.632
14    19 Lloyd, Alex (R)          00:51.0285 214.468
15     9 Dixon, Scott             00:51.0761 214.269
16     8 Viso, EJ                 00:51.0901 214.210
17    36 Scheckter, Tomas         00:51.1179 214.093
18     2 Matos, Raphael           00:51.1462 213.975
19    77 Tagliani, Alex           00:51.1617 213.910
20    34 Baguette, Bertrand (R)   00:51.2162 213.682
21    32 Moraes, Mario            00:51.2700 213.458
22    24 Beatriz, Ana (R)         00:51.2770 213.429
23    22 Wilson, Justin           00:51.2875 213.385
24    14 Meira, Vitor             00:51.3547 213.106
25    67 Fisher, Sarah            00:51.3573 213.095
26    18 Duno, Milka              00:51.4342 212.777
27    78 de Silvestro, Simona (R) 00:51.4625 212.660
28    21 Hamilton, Davey          00:51.5051 212.484
29    66 Howard, Jay (R)          00:51.5991 212.097

2010 IZOD IndyCar Series
1. Will Power        Penske             514 points
2. Dario Franchitti  Ganassi            455
3. Scott Dixon       Ganassi            419
4. Ryan Briscoe      Penske             385
5. Helio Castroneves Penske             370
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay  Andretti-Autosport 360

3 thoughts on “2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14, Qualifying)

  1. I am puzzled. You said:

    “…however in a very rare occurrence, the much maligned Milka Duno qualified 26th spot.
    It does not say something positive about the state of the current car and oval track that a driver that can be be 8 seconds per lap down at Watkins Glen is battling for places with other drivers at the rear of the field.”

    Haven’t you noticed that Milka (and several other drivers) ALWAYS race better on ovals?? What would have been noteworthy would have been if she qualified lower. Easily qualifying among other good drivers on ovals has been a normal result for Milka for years. I believe these next four races will be a very pleasant surprise for some race fans. Given a good car and an oval course, this woman has shown many times that she can fly. You’ve just read too much into her learning to deal with slow, twisting (boring) road courses, which is a completely different style of racing. The fact she qualified well at Chicagoland merely means it is a good track for her. The state of Indy Car oval racing is fine, thank you.

    1. Cheers for the comment.

      Simply put, as much as I love IndyCar (and Chicagoland for that matter), is it one of the ovals that lends itself to pressing hard on the throttle and not worrying about much else – obviously it’s more complex than that, but I hope you get my drift.
      Whereas the likes of Milwaukee, Rio (when it was still standing) and Indianapolis requires elements of driver skill that are not necessarily prerequisite at ovals such as Chicagoland and (to a slightly lesser degree) Kentucky.

      As for “twisting (boring) road courses”, I’m not going to get into personal tastes here regarding favourite types of circuit – it’s a never ending argument where no one is actually right – however the fault of some of the poorer road/street circuits is down to both the car and the tracks.

      Right now the current car was not designed for road circuits and no amount of changing the car will ever get that exactly right.
      Add to that, the quality of the circuits themselves are questionable. Cars tend to develop and change over time, especially when new technologies feed their way into a series – on the other hand, many circuits will stay rigidly the same; leaving a situation where the modern Indy car may have simply outgrown the likes of Mid-Ohio.

      On the other hand, Edmonton and Sonoma are just dire tracks…

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