Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar’s Season Finale
Team Penske’s Will Power will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s championship-deciding race at Sonoma. (File photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record during Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of six championship contenders starting on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driver of the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, broke his fourth track record this season around the 2.385-mile/12-turn California road-course while setting the sixth track record in 2015 following introduction of aero kits by Chevrolet and Honda.
Three rounds of qualifications set the 25-car grid for Sunday’s 85-lap race (4 p.m., EDT, on NBCSN) that carries double base points along with bonus points for pole (one point), leading a lap (one) and leading the most laps (two).
Power claimed his sixth pole of the season with a hot lap in 1 minute, 16.2597-seconds/112.589 mph. Power’s previous record was 1:17.2393/111.161 mph last summer. Power’s 42nd career pole placed him fifth on the all-time Indy car list.
“I’m really stoked. I love qualifying and (am) very happy to end the year with a pole position,” said Power, a three-time winner at Sonoma Raceway who has started on-pole five times in the past six years for this event. “Lots of points on the table; we’ll go for that win.” Read the full story »