Power nabs Indy road course pole with record lap

Will Power has secured pole position for the Indy road course race, leading a Chevrolet sweep-out of the top 10

Will Power has secured pole position for the Indy road course race, leading a Chevrolet sweep-out of the top 10

Penske gun Will Power pulled out record laps to claim the top spot in qualifying for the second running of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Covering the 14-turn, 3.9km road course, Power topped the Fast Six in 1:09.48s.

Scott Dixon (1:09.72s) continued his slick qualifying form to claim his third consecutive front row start in second for Chip Ganassi while Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Juan Montoya are next on the second row.

“To have a pole here at Indianapolis – at this track – is just such a great feeling and I felt like I was strong all week (in three practice sessions),” Power said.

“I just missed out on pole at Barber (Alabama on April 25) so I was pretty determined today and the guys did a great job with the car.”

Simon Pagenaud sees four Penske cars in the top five with Dixon’s team-mate Tony Kanaan to start out of sixth for the 82-lap race.

Earlier Dixon had ensured KV Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais would miss a berth in the Fast Six with the Frenchman to start from seventh.

Power had been dominant from the start of qualifying on his way to eclipsing Pagenaud’s record from last year of 1:09.6716s which he converted to victory in the inaugural race.

The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Power has now recorded 38 poles which sees him placed sixth on the all-time qualifying list.

Sebastian Saavedra will start from eighth with Luca Filippi and rookie Stefano Coletti completing the top 10.

Jack Hawksworth is the fastest Honda runner and will start from 11th.

See below for full Indianapolis road course qualifying

Pos Car No. Driver Manufacturer Time Speed Round
1 1 Will Power Chevrolet 1:09.48s 126.357mph Firestone Fast Six
2 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 1:09.71 125.946 Firestone Fast Six
3 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 1:09.73 125.904 Firestone Fast Six
4 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 1:09.80 125.781 Firestone Fast Six
5 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 1:09.87 125.665 Firestone Fast Six
6 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 1:10.27 124.940 Firestone Fast Six
7 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 1:10.02 125.393 Round 2 / Top 12
8 8 Sebastian Saavedra Chevrolet 1:10.15 125.153 Round 2 / Top 12
9 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 1:10.19 125.082 Round 2 / Top 12
10 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 1:10.36 124.778 Round 2 / Top 12
11 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 1:10.45 124.623 Round 2 / Top 12
12 21 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 1:10.83 123.961 Round 2 / Top 12
13 5 James Hinchcliffe Honda 1:10.62 124.320 Qual / Group 1
14 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 1:10.50 124.539 Qual / Group 2
15 6 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 1:10.63 124.301 Qual / Group 1
16 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 1:10.52 124.495 Qual / Group 2
17 15 Graham Rahal Honda 1:10.64 124.284 Qual / Group 1
18 25 Justin Wilson Honda 1:10.57 124.408 Qual / Group 2
19 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 1:10.83 123.957 Qual / Group 1
20 7 James Jakes Honda 1:10.67 124.236 Qual / Group 2
21 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 1:10.87 123.879 Qual / Group 1
22 14 Takuma Sato Honda 1:10.73 124.124 Qual / Group 2
23 18 Carlos Huertas Honda 1:12.50 121.103 Qual / Group 1
24 27 Marco Andretti Honda 1:11.16 123.383 Qual / Group 2
25 19 Francesco Dracone (R) Honda 1:12.58 120.973 Qual / Group 2

 

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