2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - Play By Play | Tweet By Tweet
Qualifications for this last Road/Street circuit of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season had one surprise and the Knockout qualifying structure netted its desired results.
With the top 16 positions having lap times within one-second of each other, the best road drivers in the best equipment ended up at the top ... with ChampCar World Series transition driver standout Will Power setting an IZOD IndyCar Series record of capturing eight poles in one season. Defending Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma champion Dario Franchitti, Power's nearest title rival and last year's ICS season champion, was nearly half a second behind in third.
Will Power as he is presented with the Mario Andretti Road Championship Trophy by Mario Andretti with Jack Arute of Versus officiating. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
The rest of the Firestone Fast Six in the Knockout qualifying session which is usually dominated by Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi was broken up by a new team with a longtime CCWS transition driver/owner Alex Tagliani of FAZZT Racing qualifying at P4 ... .6786 seconds off of Will Powers' pace which was the fastest lap set by any driver all weekend.
How the field qualified (** denotes a driver or team that transitioned from the ChampCar World Series)
Pos Driver Team Time Session
1. Will Power** Penske 1m16.5282s Fast six
2. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m16.5652s Fast six
3. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m16.9437s Fast six
4. Alex Tagliani** Fazzt 1m17.2068s Fast six
5. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m17.2108s Fast six
6. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m17.3469s Fast six
7. Justin Wilson** Dreyer & Reinbold 1m16.9447s Round 2
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m17.1317s Round 2
9. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m17.3181s Round 2
10. Raphael Matos** De Ferran Dragon 1m17.3710s Round 2
11. Simona de Silvestro** HVM** 1m17.7429s Round 2
12. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m17.8280s Round 2
13. Bertrand Baguette Conquest** 1m17.5238s Group 1
14. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas** 1m17.5186s Group 2
15. EJ Viso** KV** 1m17.6825s Group 1
16. Graham Rahal** Newman/Haas** 1m17.5284s Group 2
17. Takuma Sato KV** 1m17.7112s Group 1
18. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m17.6216s Group 2
19. JR Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold 1m17.7659s Group 1
20. Mario Moraes** KV** 1m17.7532s Group 2
21. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m17.9149s Group 1
22. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne** 1m18.0422s Group 2
23. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m18.3995s Group 1
24. Milka Duno Dale Coyne** 1m22.2980s Group 2
25. Francesco Dracone Conquest** 1m21.2262s Group 1
The track at Sonoma ... Infineon Raceway in the morning. Image Credit: FollowAndretti via TweetPhoto
The following are Twitter entries (140 characters or less) excerpted and possibly edited submitted by people who are following the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. A play by play via "Tweet" by "Tweet"!
IndyCarNation Mario Andretti leads the field in the IndyCar two-seater with Stan, the Honda Sweepstakes winner.
TheEDJE Reds? or Blacks? ... from the looks of things in pit lane, 15 of 16 Dallaras have Reds to start the race #indycar
kvracing Moraes in car ready for the race http://flic.kr/p/8uwaf6
GREEN! GREEN! GREEN! The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma starts!
toomuchracing Green - immediate yellow, Wheldon is upside down
Fieldof33 What a ridiculously shitty start.
kvracing On start of race, Wheldon gets turned upside down before start finish line, he is out of car and walks to safety
99forever Thank God for roll bars
TheEDJE Danica Patrick dives into the pits to top off
pressdog Possibly the fugliest start to a race I have ever seen (link to story posting).
GREEN! GREEN! GREEN! The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - RESTART LAP 4!
TheEDJE Milka Duno shown the BLACK Flag LAP 5
kvracing On the restart Viso remain 12th, Sato moves to 15th and Moraes 18th. Viso pitting next lap for alternate (red) tires
TheEDJE EJ Viso in the pits to change from scuff Blacks to Reds ... wing adjustment - LAP 6
InfineonRaceway @DanWheldon is OK after accident to start race #indycar
SarahFisher67 Watching Sonoma. Hearing Power say qualifying was the toughest lap of his career reminds me how challenging/intense driving these cars are!
InfineonRaceway Working lap 10: Power, Helio, Franchitti, Tagliani, Briscoe. #indycar
IndyCarNation Hildebrand pits.
indy44 Single file hold your line.
TheEDJE EJ Viso ticks off quickest lap of the race after pitting off sequence
TheEDJE Marco Andretti pits off sequence - LAP 14
Andretti Autosport garage after Knockout qualifications. Image Credit: FollowAndretti via TweetPhoto
Newman_Haas Tough to pass here so people are trying to save fuel big time and hoping to go farther than others on their stints.
deferrandragon Jay: "how's the car?" Rafa: "good." Short and sweet
Several "Off Track" excursions shuffle the order - #77 of Alex Tagliani has flat tire possibly from contact with Ryan Hunter Raey
IndyCarNation Milka Duno #18 was black flagged (by request of the team) due to radio issues
indy44 LAP 20 - P1 12 P2 10 P3 3 P4 6 P5 9 P6 22 P7 37 P8 11 P9 2 P10 78
99forever IMS Radio says the reds are starting to go off for everyone.
paultracy3 Ohhh tag Ohhh tag
99forever LAP 22 - Wilson gets by Briscoe and puts a non Penske/Ganassi car in the top 5.
MikeM_PR @justinwilson22 nice pass for position on Briscoe for P5 now
kvracing Sato just pitted for fuel and black tires
TheEDJE Dixon and Wilson both place Helio Castroneves behind them - LAP 24
IndyCarNation Matos #2 has an on and off after contact with Simona de Silvestro #78, both continued
tomasscheckter @paultracy3 lol
99forever Justin apparently not at all concerned with the tires going off!
curtcavin Power is 10 seconds clear of Dario. #indycar
indy44 EJ and Simona make contact
InfineonRaceway Simona spins, Power in pits on lap 28 #indycar
99forever That spin as Will came in was almost interesting
curtcavin Will's lead was 17 seconds at the pit stop for both drivers (he and Dario)
InfineonRaceway Both Franchitti, Dixon in pits on lap 29 #indycar
FollowAndretti On lap 29... Marco P2, Ryan P9, Tony P11, Danica P18
deferrandragon Impressive to go that fast and save that kind of fuel
SPEED LAST LAP: ALMS Road America http://bit.ly/922f4g
YELLOW Flag - Duno off course on LAP 33 - Full Course CAUTION
IndyCarNation Full course caution for a spin and stall by Milka Duno #18 in turn 7
BeccyGordon Imagine that... #parkmilka spun!!!
deferrandragon That yellow helps us a bit.
IndyCarNation Pits are open with only Viso and Andretti making stops among the leaders
GREEN! GREEN! GREEN! The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - RESTART LAP 35!
IndyCarNation GREEN! Power, Briscoe, Franchitti, Dixon, Castroneves are top 5 after Viso and Andretti pit
AllenWedge RT: @deferrandragon: What that yellow did was allow the others to see what the back of power's car looks like again His lead was significant
pressdog @indy44 don't worry. It will be back.
YELLOW Flag - Hildebrand off course on LAP 38 - Full Course CAUTION
MikeM_PR Race is halfway @justinwilson22 P6 in fuel saving mode. Full course caution for Hildebrand
GREEN! GREEN! GREEN! The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - RESTART LAP 40!
pressdog Will Briscoe make himself wide to protect Power?
kvracing Back to green flag. Sato is 11th, Moraes is 16th. Viso had to pit again, he has problems with rear
deferrandragon Rafa 10th right where he started
toomuchracing Order LAP 43: Power, Briscoe, Franchitti, Dixon, Helio, Wilson, RHR, Rahal, Kanaan, Sato
indy44 Penske couldn't have planned it any better to have a teammate in 2nd behind Championship contender. Power leads Briscoe by 3,5 seconds
tomasscheckter Will power is probably txting and emailing people now wants to make the most of his weekend minutes. He is in a different world.
IndyCarNation Marco Andretti #26 made contact with J.R. Hildebrand #24 and Mario Moraes #32 in the last few laps.
99forever If we keep it up, we'll have six cars left. LOL RT @formula1blog For crying out loud! #parkMarco
IndyCarNation Lap 45: Power leads Briscoe by 3.2256 with Franchitti, Dixon, Castroneves, Wilson bunched together behind
FollowAndretti Lap 47 or 75... Ryan 7, Tony 9, Danica P1 Marco 18
IndyCarNation Not much separating P2-P7. Could get interesting
BeccyGordon Why did they let her back out??? #parkmilka spun AGAIN... Take a seat my friend. God I wish they'd let @OriolServia drive get car!
kvracing Moraes just pitted for fuel and tires. Rejoins 20th but field still to pit
Power leads the field by 5.1 seconds with 24 laps left
IndyCarNation Briscoe #6 pits from second place | Castroneves in as well
SpeedFreaks So let's be honest. Today's IndyCar race is about as boring as last night's NASCAR race. But why does it appear to be a bit more active?
RaceDrive So the new "stay out of gear until fuel is done" has gone "very" quiet - or did we miss something ? #Indycar
Newman_Haas GR in next time by - Reds out
indy44 Marco and Meira make contact in pit lane.
TheEDJE LAP 55 - All leaders have pitted except for Power and Dixon - RISKY
Newman_Haas Graham is P9 and Hideki is P19
TheEDJE Power in ... Dixon stays out for one more lap
IndyCarNation Power in the pits! http://ow.ly/i/3mpr
BeccyGordon She spins twice then they send her out in front of RHR on pitlane. WTH????? #parkmilka
TheEDJE Scott Dixon in - Scuff Reds laid out - Power back in the lead
IndyCarNation After pit stop exchange: Power #12 leads Franchitti by 5.9482 seconds with Dixon landing in third
Fieldof33 @99forever Unless Power is driving directly on the rims, I don't think the compound is going to make much difference for Power. :-)
indy44 Power +3.6153 - 15 Laps to go
IndyCarNation 15 left: Power, Franchitti, Dixon, Briscoe, Castroneves, Wilson, Kanaan, Hunter-Reay, Rahal, Matos, Sato, Baguette, Patrick, Lloyd, Andretti
toomuchracing Dixon is chasing Dario closely - and he makes the pass! What's he doing? Dario's their only chance in the title fight
TheEDJE Dixon passes teammate Franchitti causing the #2 in IndyCar Season points to loose position
Newman_Haas To Graham: Helio and Briscoe are on blacks up ahead and are backing people up.
YELLOW Flag - Conquest's Bagette damaged as Viso and Sato are involved on LAP 66 - Full Course CAUTION
paultracy3 Ohh viso ohh viso , why do u do him that way
VersusIndyCar Join the IndyCar Sonoma Race Chat with @kevingraham1280 and @royhobbson right now! http://ow.ly/2t85G #indycar
IndyCarNation This late yellow flag could make for an interesting end to the race.
GREEN! GREEN! GREEN! The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Restarts on LAP 69 - 6 LAPS remain
TheEDJE Dixon challenges Power on the restart - pull away from the field
SpeedFreaks Wow, Dixon is giving it all he has for Will Power... this might happen.
TheEDJE Mutoh spins sets up a local YELLOW ... may go Full Course - safety truck on track
tomasscheckter Go dixon go dixon go dixon.
99forever Not the end-of-race battle I was expecting but dang! That's some serious racing we're seeing right there..
AllenWedge wow, commercial with 5 laps to go, thats an epic fail of ESPN type proportions there Versus
TheEDJE Sato takes out Danica Patrick
TheEDJE WHITE Flag - Power out in front of Dixon by six carlengths - Sato holds up Dixon
indy44 Versus camera crew head to Danica's area immediately
MikeM_PR Checkered flag @justinwilson22 takes it home in P6
TheEDJE Penske's Will Power wins fifth race of the 2010 season - Leads 73 of 75 laps
Will Power as he pulls into the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Team Penske team members greet the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma race winner, Will Power in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
FollowAndretti Checkered flag @InfineonRaceway... Tony 7th, Ryan 8th, Marco 12th, Danica 16th. #IZODIndyCar
indy44 Fact RT @paultracy3: The kv team has hit everything but the helicopter today
IndyCarNation Will Power #12 wins the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Dixon, Franchitti, Briscoe, Castroneves are top 5
IndyCarNation 6-15: Wilson, Kanaan, Hunter-Reay, Rahal, Lloyd, Moraes, Andretti, de Silvestro, Tagliani, Meira
IndyCarNation 16-22: Patrick, Mutoh, Sato, Viso, Dracone, Matos, Duno
Will Power being interviewed while the IZOD IndyCar Chick and the Firestone Firehawk mascot look on at the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Will Power being interviewed in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Will Power's winning Penske Racing Verizon Dallara and helmet in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
A proud Roger Penske (right) greets his driver Will Power (left) after winning the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Mario Andretti shares a congratulatory moment with Will Power in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Will Power being congratulated by his crew chief, Tim Cindric, in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
Penske Racing Team as it celebrates Will Power's win at Infineon Raceway. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
toomuchracing Congrats to Will Power for a dominant win!
Fieldof33 Awwww, Hell Naw!!!! The IZOD Trophy Chick [Cameron Haven Playboy photo expose] just stood right in front of @speedfreakbash. Kick 'er ass, Bash!!!! :-)
IZOD Trophy Chick with the Firestone Firehawk in the Infineon Raceway Wine Country Winner's Circle. Image Credit: Dicken Wear (2010)
JSummerton Had a great day! Been fun! Great @IndyCarnation race. Congrats to Will Power. Hopefully will be in there fighting for the wins next year;)
IndyCarNation Power's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma win is his third win from the pole this season.
IndyCarNation This is Will Power’s fifth victory of the 2010 season. He previously won at Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Watkins Glen and Toronto.
IndyCarNation Power is the sixth different winner of an IZOD IndyCar Series race @InfineonRaceway, have been no repeat series winners at @InfineonRaceway
indy44 Good finish, nice fight at the end between Power and Dixon. Will Power is definitely the King of the Road. Now bring on the ovals!
SFRacing Bring on the ovals @IndyCarNation! We'll see all of you @ChicagolndSpdwy next weekend!
... notes from The EDJE