Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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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.

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma - Start Time, TV Info and Lineup
Date and Time TV
Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m ET NBC Sports Network
Pos. Car Driver Best Time Best Speed Round
1 10 Dario Franchitti 77.5271 110.748 Firestone Fast 6
2 9 Scott Dixon 77.7196 110.474 Firestone Fast 6
3 12 Will Power 77.9735 110.114 Firestone Fast 6
4 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 78.1314 109.892 Firestone Fast 6
5 3 Helio Castroneves 78.1766 109.828 Firestone Fast 6
6 83 Charlie Kimball 78.2009 109.794 Firestone Fast 6
7 19 Justin Wilson 78.2138 109.776 Rd 2 / Top 12
8 15 Graham Rahal 78.3051 109.648 Rd 2 / Top 12
9 27 James Hinchcliffe 78.3135 109.636 Rd 2 / Top 12
10 77 Simon Pagenaud 78.3787 109.545 Rd 2 / Top 12
11 25 Marco Andretti 78.6230 109.205 Rd 2 / Top 12
12 7 Sebastien Bourdais 86.7515 98.972 Rd 2 / Top 12
13 14 Takuma Sato 78.9164 108.799 Rd 1 / Group 1
14 55 Tristan Vautier (R) 78.3141 109.635 Rd 1 / Group 2
15 5 E.J. Viso 78.9344 108.774 Rd 1 / Group 1
16 11 Tony Kanaan 78.3318 109.611 Rd 1 / Group 2
17 67 Josef Newgarden 79.0094 108.671 Rd 1 / Group 1
18 98 JR Hildebrand 78.7114 109.082 Rd 1 / Group 2
19 16 James Jakes 79.1563 108.469 Rd 1 / Group 1
20 6 Sebastian Saavedra 78.8967 108.826 Rd 1 / Group 2
21 18 James Davison (R) 79.5285 107.961 Rd 1 / Group 1
22 4 Ryan Briscoe 78.9743 108.719 Rd 1 / Group 2
23 78 Simona De Silvestro 79.5298 107.960 Rd 1 / Group 1
24 20 Ed Carpenter 79.2376 108.358 Rd 1 / Group 2
25 97 Lucas Luhr (R) 79.9805 107.351 Rd 1 / Group 2

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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.

IndyCar Standings
Rank Driver Points Behind Starts Wins
1 Helio Castroneves 453 - 14 1
2 Scott Dixon 422 31 14 3
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388 65 14 2
4 Marco Andretti 377 76 14 0
5 Simon Pagenaud 350 103 14 1
6 Dario Franchitti 342 111 14 0
7 James Hinchcliffe 325 128 14 3
8 Charlie Kimball 325 128 14 1
9 Justin Wilson 320 133 14 0
10 Tony Kanaan 313 140 14 1

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Favorite: Will Power

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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

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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.

 

Weather

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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