Power takes Detroit pole in Penske shut-out

Will Power has unleashed a record qualifying lap to take pole for the opening race of the Detroit double-header meeting

Will Power has unleashed a record qualifying lap to take pole for the opening race of the Detroit double-header meeting

Will Power has continued his purple patch of form by snaring pole position for the Grand Prix of Detroit at the Belle Isle street circuit.

Benefitting from fresh tyres, Power responded to pressure from his fellow Team Penske runners to top the Fast Six with a record qualifying lap of 1:16.09s.

Helio Castroneves was second in 1:16.12s with Indy 500 winner Juan Montoya claiming third with a 1:16.44s effort.

AJ Foyt driver and Belle Isle lap record holder Takuma Sato was fourth, denying Team Penske a sweep-out of the front two rows.

The fourth Team Penske entry of Simon Pagenaud was fifth ahead of Sebastien Bourdais.

Knowing Castroneves and Montoya were on strong runs Power was forced to respond, admitting he had made ‘a couple of mistakes’ as he took his 39th career pole.

“I had new tyres and I was pushing hard because they said Helio and Juan were pretty close,” Indy 500 runner-up and defending series champion Power said.

“I made a couple of mistakes and the car was getting a bit loose.”

Power is now firm favourite to defend his win in the opening 70-lap race tomorrow ahead of the second of the double-header races the following day.

Ganassi driver Scott Dixon was seventh ahead of rookie Stefano Coletti with Marco Andretti and James Jakes completing the top 10.

See below full qualifying results

Pos Car Driver Manufacturer Time Speed Round
1 1 Will Power Chevrolet 1:16.0941 111.178 Firestone Fast Six
2 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 1:16.1200 111.140 Firestone Fast Six
3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 1:16.4428 110.671 Firestone Fast Six
4 14 Takuma Sato Honda 1:16.5363 110.536 Firestone Fast Six
5 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 1:16.6656 110.349 Firestone Fast Six
6 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 1:17.0406 109.812 Firestone Fast Six
7 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 1:16.9768 109.903 Round 2 / Top 12
8 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 1:17.3638 109.353 Round 2 / Top 12
9 27 Marco Andretti Honda 1:17.3785 109.333 Round 2 / Top 12
10 7 James Jakes Honda 1:17.5158 109.139 Round 2 / Top 12
11 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 1:17.8140 108.721 Round 2 / Top 12
12 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 1:17.9046 108.594 Round 2 / Top 12
13 15 Graham Rahal Honda 1:18.2239 108.151 Qual / Group 1
14 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 1:18.7504 107.428 Qual / Group 2
15 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 1:18.3144 108.026 Qual / Group 1
16 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 1:19.3634 106.598 Qual / Group 2
17 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 1:18.3303 108.004 Qual / Group 1
18 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 1:21.4632 103.851 Qual / Group 2
19 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 1:18.4404 107.853 Qual / Group 1
20 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 1:21.4796 103.830 Qual / Group 2
21 5 Conor Daly (R) Honda 1:18.4937 107.779 Qual / Group 1
22 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez (R) Honda 1:21.8208 103.397 Qual / Group 2
23 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 1:19.2306 106.777 Qual / Group 1

 

VIDEO: Ride on-board with Will Power on his pole lap

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