Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet secured his 50th Verizon IndyCar Series pole position for tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 as the series returns to Gateway Motorsports Park.
Speaking following the session, Power commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevy is very quick, obviously. “Fantastic, 50 poles. Wow! I never would have dreamed of that when I started. I am very humbled to be up there with A.J. Foyt and Helio Castroneves.
The Australian went on to say:
Very gratifying. “We got all four Penske guys up there. … I love oval racing. It was something that took me time to learn, but once I learned it, it has been good. That was awesome. Reaching 50 Verizon P1 Awards is a huge accomplishment for myself and my team. They always give me a strong setup going into qualifying for the No. 12 Verizon Chevy and they just continue to do a great job. We were lucky that we went out last which was a huge advantage since we share data throughout the team. We’re really excited about tomorrow’s race, especially starting from the front with all of my teammates right behind me.
Power is joined on the front row of the grid by his team mate and series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet.
Newgarden heads into tonight’s race with an 18 point lead over Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. Speaking following the session, the Tennessee native commented by saying:
We put together a great couple of laps in the PPG Chevy. I knew it would be tough to keep Will (Power) out of that top spot. That’s one of the great advantages of going last. We share all of our information. Sometimes I’ve been on the good side of that and sometimes I haven’t. That’s one of the hallmarks of Team Penske – it’s all one team. Sure, I would like to have the pole position, but we’re right there. I think we’ll get there, so it’s nothing that’s super disappointing or anything. We’ll start second and see what happens.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from third place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I wish we could gone out a little later, but nothing I can do about that. The Menards Chevrolet felt very comfortable. I like how the track feels. They did a great job with it. We’ll start fourth, which is good, but I have my three Team Penske teammates in front of me, which will make it more difficult. And unfortunately, those aren’t the only cars to be concerned with. I think the race will be very competitive. Everyone will have to have complete focus and that’s not always the easiest thing. It’s not like Pocono where there are some long straights to take a little break. Turning 24-second laps is pretty quick, but we’re definitely looking forward to going for a win like we had at Phoenix.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place and speaking following the session the Brazilian commented by saying:
What a run. We had a really fast car, but not enough for the pole. Still, we had a really fast car. The No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet will definitely have a great starting spot, so it’s all about maintaining a good spot towards the front of tomorrow’s race. The track is really smooth and it’s great. I’m really excited for tomorrow night’s race at Gateway.