June 27, 2017

Will Power on pole for IndyCar Grand Prix

15 May 2017, 12:57 | Jan Cross

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In Indy, Power was on a mission to change his misfortunes - and he did.

Will Power won the IndyCar Grand Prix on Saturday for his first victory of the season, leading 61 of 85 laps and easily holding off Scott Dixon on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course. "If you don't win, then you probably should do something else", Pagenaud said Thursday. "The Indy 500 past year sold out because of the community, not really because of what we did, but because of the way the community was and we feel that again". "I mean, yeah, all the sessions have been 40 - yeah, it's good to have a night to think about it before qualifying, but definitely shortens the weekend up". He coasted down the front straightaway and onto the escape road - Turn 4 of the oval - soon after he'd passed Alexander Rossi, last year's Indianapolis 500 victor, for sixth place.

"It's amusing, momentum, once your whole team and crew believes that you have a shot at winning races - which we have had all year - but when you execute it, it definitely gives them confidence".

Team Penske's Will Power earned his second victory in three seasons at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis around the 13-turn, 2.44-mile natural terrain road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

"I was just concentrating on hitting my marks", he said.

"The thing about the 500 is you don't really have a plan, to be honest". But that's when disaster struck, the vehicle needing to be restarted after taking new tires and fuel. We came from the back at St. Pete.

"You're not going to give the kid any pointers this week?" Our pace was pretty good and our tire deg was pretty good compared to other cars. All four of Power's teammates will start in the top seven today, including Juan Pablo Montoya, who is back in the Penske stable for the two races at Indy this month.

Will Power, of Australia, gets fuel and tires on a pit stop during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Indianapolis. "I've been knocking on the door every week, and one is going to go our way here soon".

Power turned in a fastest lap of 1:07.7044 to take pole by four-tenths of a second from team-mate Helio Castroneves, ensuring that Penske maintained its ideal record of poles through the first five races of the 2017 season.

"There is nobody in front of me, that's great", Castroneves said, "so we're looking forward to a good start".

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For Bourdais, like Newgarden, he'll start from his best position in the race's short history.

Even the 32-year-old Pagenaud, the current points leader, is a relatively new face to IndyCar fans. The Chip Ganassi Racing star has reached the Firestone Fast Six at all four road/street events this season. Still, a top-10 isn't bad considering he started 16th and twice had to march through the back half of the field. The first stint really killed us.

"We'll be strong again", he said.

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"Made a small mistake on that last lap in Segment 3". There was a second-and-a-half difference between reds and blacks, so we came here with the same approach as past year but that quickly went out the window. So that turned into a one-lap-only effort. Pagenaud is the defending IndyCar champ and the defending IndyCar Grand Prix champ.

Simon Pagenaud has won this race two of the three times it has been held. Nico Jamin (Andretti Autosport) won the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race by 0.8405-seconds over Zachary Claman De Melo (Carlin).

This year's INDYCAR Grand Prix is Saturday and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be May 28.

Helio Castroneves has the other two pole starts. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:08.1622 (128.816) 4.

Dixon was the highest finishing Honda driver in the field.

“The last time I qualified was September of previous year, ” the two-time Indianapolis 500 victor said. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:08.9151 (127.409) 12.

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