Will Power (#12) has the best lap time in qualifying to push him to his 56th pole in his career.
Photo: John Feinberg (The Checkered Flag)

Will Power (#12) took the pole at IndyCar’s first visit to the Circuit of the Americas, coming in with the fastest lap time of 1:46.0177. He was also the only Chevrolet-powered driver to make the podium start; the seventh-place qualifier, Josef Newgarden (#2) with a 1:46.3438, was the next Chevy-powered racer. Coming up behind Power, Alexander Rossi (#6) was only slower by 15/100th of a second, putting him in the second place start for the race.

Power is also on his way to catch up to legend Mario Andretti’s number of poles. Andretti currently holds the record with 67, but Power is closing in with this being the 56th of his career. The rest of the season is also looking promising for Power, as this is his second pole start in only the second race of this season and looking like he may continue this streak.

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