Penske’s Power Lead Qualifying In Milwaukee

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 16 2014

Will Power is on pole in Milwaukee. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

Will Power, looking to gain momentum in his bid to win the 2014 IndyCar Series championship, won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Team Penske’s Power won the pole at the historic flat track with a lap at 169.262 mph.

“I think I have three (poles) this year,” Power said, “but just full credit to the Verizon crew. Definitely had a good car. I didn’t think I would be getting pole today, but really happy about it.”

Qualifying second fastest with a speed of 168.662 mph was Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing.

“I felt good about where we started here to be honest,” Kanaan said. “Obviously the cars have been good on the ovals here lately for us, like at Pocono and Iowa, and it’s been no different with the Huggies car here this weekend. I was happy with the qualifying run and I think I even might have left a little bit on the table so I’m excited for the race.”

Third was Power’s teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya.

“We caught a break with the cloud cover,” Montoya said, “but I really don’t pay attention to that. Our PPG Chevy is pretty good. I had a bit of an understeer in qualifying, but we’ve been pretty conservative on the wing here at Milwaukee. The track kept getting quicker as it cooled off so I didn’t think that would be a pole-winning run. Congrats to Will for getting the Verizon P1 Pole Award for Team Penske. The third position is a great place to start the race tomorrow. I was confident coming into the weekend and nothing so far has changed my mind.”

Power earned one bonus point for the pole and carries a five-point lead over Penske teammate Helio Castroneves heading into the 16th of 18 races this season. Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car, qualified eighth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has won at Milwaukee the past two years and is third in the standings, qualified 19th in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport car. Simon Pagenaud, who is fourth in the standings, qualified 16th and Juan Pablo Montoya, who is fifth in the standings, qualified third (168.579).

“I’ve been in this situation quite a few times. So has Helio and (teammate) Juan as well,” said Power, who was the championship runner-up three consecutive seasons. “But IndyCar is like that these days. It’s very tight. It’s so unpredictable. With three to go, I just think anything can happen. You just got to keep your head in the game and keep focused. That’s my plan.”

Qualifying Saturday for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, and speed:

1. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 169.262

2. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 168.662

3. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 168.579

4. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 168.266

5. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 168.233

6. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 168.123

7. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 167.775

8. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 167.561

9. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 167.079

10. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 166.915

11. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 166.742

12. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 166.501

13. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 166.195

14. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 166.032

15. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 165.851

16. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 165.818

17. (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 165.614

18. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 164.421

19. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 164.211

20. (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 164.013

21. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 162.535

22. (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 159.787

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 16 2014
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