Power nabs second straight pole in Texas
7 June 2014 – Will Power will start from pole in his secord straight race after earning the Verizon P1 Award at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday's Firestone 600.
With a two-lap average of 218.896mph, Power moved ahead of Dario Franchitti for sixth on IndyCar's all-time poles list. The Aussie has 34 poles to his name, and he now has a 20 point lead on team-mate Helio Castroneves in the championship standings. Castroneves will start from P16.
Braving high ambient temperatures of 31°C (88°F), Power was the only man to lap in the 47-second range around the 1.455mi oval.
Also starting on the front row will be Josef Newgarden, who's eager to turn his fortunes around after pole-sitter Power forced Newgarden into the wall in the second race at Detroit a week ago. In Race 1, Newgarden's luck wasn't much better, as he found the Turn 7 wall after 37 laps. Interestingly, the young American was the only driver in the field to improve his lap speed on his second qualifying lap, averaging 217.835mph.
Indianapolis 500 winner and former series champion Tony Kanaan starts third on the grid next to Juan Pablo Montoya, followed by oval specialist Ed Carpenter and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud.
Saturday night's Firestone 600 will be a 248-lap affair on the high-bank oval, stretching 600km under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway.