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Track Record For Power In IndyCar Grand Prix

Will Power won his third pole of the season at the IndyCar Grand Prix. [Andy Clary Photo]

Will Power won his third pole of the season at the IndyCar Grand Prix. [Andy Clary Photo]

Speedway, IN – Will Power kicked off the IndyCar Grand Prix Firestone Fast Six with a new track record run around the 2.439 mile fourteen turn infield road course in 1 minute, 7.7044 seconds on the opening lap of the six minute session.

And that was all he needed.

None of the other drivers were able to break the one minute eight second barrier, but Power did it in both rounds two and three, winning the pole for round five of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The new track record was almost a second quicker than Power’s record run in last year’s qualifying session. In fact the track record was broken and reset in each round today. Now having three poles this season, this is Power’s second pole for the IndyCar Grand Prix. Power won the pole and the race in 2015. Team Penske now has 250 pole positions in IndyCar competition.

Team Penske has now won the pole in each of the five races so far and those pole runs have alternated between drivers Power and Helio Castroneves. “It’s been me, Helio, me, Helio, me, and then we’re going to switch it up. I’m going to stop the alternation here in like a week or so,” hinted Power about his plan for Indianapolis 500 qualifications.

Castroneves will start on the outside of the front row. Josef Newgarden will share row two with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and the third row will be filled with Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing. Series point leader Simon Pagenaud will start in the seventh position.

Newgarden set the track record in Group 1 of Round 1 with a lap of 1:08.1223, smashing Power ‘s record set by last year by over a half of a second. Drivers from this group joining Newgarden in Round 2 included two time IndyCar Grand Prix winner Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and with a last lap dash James Hinchcliffe. The top four drivers beat the previous track record. Both Conor Daly and JR Hildebrand suffered drive through penalties for pit road violations, Daly actually had two violations, hurting their chances to run a fast lap.

Not surprisingly, Power topped the Group 2 field and almost matched Newgarden’s new track record. Power was joined by teammates Castroneves and Montoya along with Bourdais, Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay to transfer to Round 2. All transferring drivers along with Max Chilton beat last season’s track record.

Power improved his speed in Round 2 and topped the group of twelve with a new track record lap of 1:07.9823. Teammate Montoya showed that he hasn’t missed a step returning to the speedway and also beating the track record set a round earlier by Newgarden with a lap of 1:08.0158. Castroneves and Newgarden made it four fast Team Penske cars and those four were joined by Dixon and Bourdais in the Firestone Fast Six. Fifth Team Penske driver Pagenaud just missed Round 3 and will start in the fourth row of the grid.

INDYCAR Grand Prix qualifying results
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Qualifying Friday for the INDYCAR Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:
1. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:07.7044 (129.687)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:08.1169 (128.902)
3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:08.1622 (128.816)
4. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:08.2454 (128.659)
5. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:08.2478 (128.655)
6. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 01:08.3973 (128.373)
7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:08.4461 (128.282)
8. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:08.5735 (128.044)
9. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:08.5824 (128.027)
10. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:08.8668 (127.498)
11. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:08.9151 (127.409)
12. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:08.9853 (127.279)
13. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:09.0025 (127.248)
14. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:08.6675 (127.868)
15. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:09.0557 (127.150)
16. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:08.9484 (127.347)
17. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:09.1777 (126.925)
18. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:08.9937 (127.264)
19. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:09.1796 (126.922)
20. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:09.0985 (127.071)
21. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:09.6123 (126.133)
22. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:09.3134 (126.677)

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