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A New Track Record?

Will Power set the quickest times in both practices for the IndyCar Grand Prix. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Will Power set the quickest times in both practices for the IndyCar Grand Prix. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Speedway, IN – With the speeds shown so far at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course by the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, a new track record for the IndyCar Grand Prix may be set later this afternoon.

The current track record was set by Team Penske driver Will Power last year with a lap of 1:08.6746.

Power may be the guy again to top qualifying as he set the quickest practice time in the second session with a flying lap of 1:07.7684, just over nine tenths of a second quicker than his record run.

“I think I got everything out of it. I feel like we got a good car,” said Power following the final practice round. He hinted at the team making changes to the car prior to qualifying and then coyly backed away from that statement.

Six drivers, including Power, topped the track record in the final practice session. Power was followed by teammates Josef Newgarden and Juan Pablo Montoya, last year’s Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe’s best lap was 1:08.6391.

Power was also quickest in the opening round of practice. Under overcast skies, the times were a bit slower with Power’s quickest lap at 1:09.3172. Scott Dixon, Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Spencer Pigot completed the top five in that session.

Knock-out qualifying will set the field for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix.

Round One of qualifying is set to take to the track at 4:20pm Eastern. The first round has the field split into two groups. The fastest six cars from each group will move on to round two. The quickest six cars in round two will move on to the final round, the Firestone Fast Six, to compete for the pole.

The IndyCar Grand Prix will see the green flag tomorrow, Saturday May 13th, at 3:40pm Eastern.

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A motorsports fan from his earliest memories, John started going to local short tracks and the Milwaukee Mile with his parents, brother and sister. John enjoys drivers racing side by side and battling for the same piece of real estate on the racetrack as much as he appreciates the technical aspects of the sport.