Oz’s Will Power earns pole at the Texas Motor Speedway
Australia’s Will Power grabbed his fourth pole of the 2015 IndyCar season on Friday, topping qualifying for the Firestone 600 to be run under the lights on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Power posted a two- lap average speed of 218.519 miles per hour ( 351.67 kilometer per hour), the 40th pole position of his 11- year career tying him with retired Team Penske driver Rick Mears for fifth place on the all- time list.
Power set track qualifying lap records earlier this season on street courses at St. Petersburg and Detroit as well as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
On the 1.455- mile ( 2.34 kilometer) high- banked oval in Texas he led a Team Penske sweep of the top three qualifying spots.
“When I drew number one ( in the qualifying order), I was a bit worried about conditions, but it stayed consistent throughout the whole run of qualifying,” Power said. “I was really happy to get pole, honestly. I felt if I could be in the top five, I’d be happy. Starting first, really happy about that.”
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his second victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the 248-lap event. He won the second race of a same-day doubleheader in 2011.
France’s Simon Pagenaud, fastest in the late- morning practice, earned his third front- row start of the season with a twolap average speed of 218.441 miles per hour.
“I just missed bit,” he said.
And Brazilian Penske driver Helio Castroneves, who has won four times at Texas Motor Speedway, qualified third ( 218.069 miles per hour).
Colombia’s Carlos Munoz, winner of the first race last weekend in the double- header at Detroit, broke the Penske stranglehold up front by qualifying fourth for Andretti Autosport.
Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia and American Graham Rahal filled row three.
“Starting up toward the front with these boys is exactly where we need to be. Obviously, points are a big focus for us right now,” said Rahal, who is fifth in championship standings led by Montoya, whose 315 points puts him 21 ahead of Power.
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