It was a bizarre weekend for the IRL in Brazil. Saturday’s qualifying session had to be rescheduled when a concrete section of the street course proved too slick for safety. Series champion Dario Frachitti took the pole in Sunday’s rescheduled qualifying session, but could not produce a victory as rain produced multiple delays and accidents.
Will Power, driving for Penske Racing, started from the fifth position but used tire strategy to his advantage by gambling on slicks before the track was fully dry. Ryan Hunter Reay, driving for Andretti Autosport also opted for slicks at the last pit stop and was able to hang on for second. Vitor Meira, driving for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, took third.