CAREER BEST OVAL QUALIFYING SPOT FOR POWER Team Australia driver Will Power has secured his best starting position on an oval by posting the fourth fastest time during qualifying for the ABC Supply Co/A.J. Foyt Indy 225 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin...
CAREER BEST OVAL QUALIFYING SPOT FOR POWER
Team Australia driver Will Power has secured his best starting position on an oval by posting the fourth fastest time during qualifying for the ABC Supply Co/A.J. Foyt Indy 225 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today.
The Queenslander was the final driver to take to the Milwaukee Mile during qualifying where he posted a four lap average of 167.265 mp/h (269.19 km/h) aboard the #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone. This qualifying performance will ensure he starts from the outside of the second row for tomorrow's 225-lap race.
This weekend's event is the second time Power has competed at the famed one-mile oval. When the 27-year-old made his debut back in 2006 at the venue he qualified fifth before being classified 11th in the race.
Power showed some impressive speed aboard the #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone throughout the lead up sessions. In morning practice he recorded the second fastest lap and was the fourth fastest driver in the second practice session.
Third-generation racer Marco Andretti became the youngest pole winner in IndyCar Series history when he claimed the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award today. The 21-year-old will be joined on the front row by 19-year-old Graham Rahal.
Power enters this weekend eighth in the championship standings with 114 points and leads the Bombardier Learjet Rookie of the Year race by 16 points.
WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY----
Will Power - #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone
"The team and I are really happy with my qualifying position," said Power.
"We ran upfront yesterday and in both practices today, and the car has been running well around here, so we were confident coming into qualifying. I am really happy for Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia, and I really like this race track.
"You can run behind people and pass them, which is fun. I think there will be great racing tomorrow."
Craig Gore - Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia "Today's result in qualifying is a great follow up from last weekend's efforts at the Indy 500," said Gore.
"Every time Will takes to an oval in the Aussie Vineyards car he is continuing to improve, hopefully the team can transfer this speed into a good result in tomorrow's race.
"Milwaukee is one of the most famous tracks in the series and to achieve a good result here would be a big boost for the team."
-credit: team australia, pvr