Oz’s Will Power earns pole at the Texas Mo­tor Speed­way

The China Post - - SPORTS -

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.”

Power will be

seek­ing

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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