If Ryan Briscoe hopes to repeat as champion of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, he’ll need to overcome a disadvantageous grid position. In the qualifying run on Saturday, Briscoe’s time of 78.9743 was only good for 22nd place.
Dario Franchitti set the pace and won the pole position with a time of 77.5271. Behind Franchitti was Scott Dixon, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Charlie Kimball to round out the Firestone Fast 6.
Here’s the full qualifying times with grid position as well as the start time and viewing information.
Current Individual Standings
Castroneves has the lead in the overall standings to this point, but his lead isn’t insurmountable by any means. Here’s a look at the top 10 in the IndyCar standings.
Favorite: Will Power
With Briscoe looking less than spectacular, all eyes should be on Power. He won the race in 2010 and 2011. He finished second to Briscoe last year. He’s currently just 11th in the driver standings, but he earned the third spot in the grid with a good showing during the qualifying run.
Despite two pole positions and four top-five finishes in 2013, he’s still winless. This could be the spot for his first victory of the year.
Sleeper: Ryan Briscoe
Briscoe had a poor showing during qualifying, but it is hard to completely disregard the chances of the defending champion at the event.
He’s finished in the top five each of the past five years. This trend would lead you to believe this is just a good spot for him.
The less-than-ideal grid position takes away his potential favorite status, but his past success on the track makes him dangerous in Sonoma, Calif.
Per Weather.com, the high is 83 degrees and there is zero chance of rain. The forecast for racing, or anything else in the world, doesn’t get much better than that.
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