Will Power captures pole position in Toronto
Will Power recorded the fastest lap time late in the nick of time at the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday.
The Australian completed the 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit in 59.4280 seconds, finishing with just five seconds remaining in the sixth and final round of qualifications.
Power earned his second straight pole position and fifth this season to move past Rick Mears into fifth on the all-time IndyCar list. Penske teammate Helio Castroneves is the active leader with 43.
“I didn’t expect it, I thought I’d be fourth, fifth or sixth because I was lucky to get through,” Power said. “I changed my setup drastically between every single (qualifying) session and ended up with what I had.
“It (the pole) definitely keeps you out of trouble in the first couple of corners. IndyCar races are so mixed up it really doesn’t matter where you start almost. I need to have a good day (on Sunday). I’ve had some rough races recently, so I really want to get it done.”
Power will chase a third career victory at Toronto, winning previously in 2007 and 2010.
Simon Pagenaud, another Penske teammate, will join Power on the front row after finishing second in 59.6095. It’s Pagenaud’s second straight front-row start and fourth this season.
This marks the fourth race this season that Power and Pagenaud have started on the front row.
Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia and Scott Dixon of New Zealand will start in the second row ahead of Sebastien Bourdais of France, and Luca Filippi of Italy.
Earlier, Castroneves posted the fastest time in the final practice ses- sion,, just ahead of Penske teammate Montoya.
Montoya was quickest in Friday’s lone practice run as the second session was washed out by rain. Montoya, the circuit’s leading driver this season and Indianapolis 500 winner, was pleased to secure his best career start at Toronto.
“I thought I had a really good car and I just didn’t put a good lap together when it counted,” Montoya said. “But I still qualified third, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia accelerates during qualification for the IndyCar auto race in Toronto on Saturday, June 13.