Power Claims The 56th Pole Of His Career

Disappointment for Power
 Disappointment for Power

Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet picked up his 56th career pole position at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas for Sunday’s inaugural IndyCar Classic.

Speaking following the session, Power who set a time of 01:46.0177s he said:

“I thought, when I looked at the Firestone Fast Six and where we stacked up, I thought the only chance we have at getting pole is if we do one lap of fuel, and one lap on our tires, and do that twice. And that’s what we did, so it paid off.” (About if he ever takes winning pole for granted, since he’s won so many): “Whenever you feel like that, you never ever win pole. I always feel like I don’t have a chance, I don’t know why, but the last two races I thought our best chance was a top three (start) if we’re lucky.”

Championshipleader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet will start Sunday’s race from seventh place having missed out on a place in the Firestone Fast Six and speaking following the action he said:

“We made a lot of progress as the weekend as progressed, but it just wasn’t enough. It just wasn’t a good enough lap. I missed it a bit to start the lap in (Turn) 19. You have to take a lot of risks the way we are running it. I think we did a good job getting up as far as we could. Overall, we’ve had a good weekend with the PPG Chevrolet. I’m proud of everyone on how hard they’ve worked. We just need to make sure we have a good race car. There are two races – the race for the pole and the race itself. We might have lost this one, but we can still win the war.”

It was a disappointing qualifying for Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet as the Frenchman starts the race from 22nd place and speaking following the session he said:

“We made a lot of progress as the weekend as progressed, but it just wasn’t enough. It just wasn’t a good enough lap. I missed it a bit to start the lap in (Turn) 19. You have to take a lot of risks the way we are running it. I think we did a good job getting up as far as we could. Overall, we’ve had a good weekend with the PPG Chevrolet. I’m proud of everyone on how hard they’ve worked. We just need to make sure we have a good race car. There are two races – the race for the pole and the race itself. We might have lost this one, but we can still win the war.”

 

 

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