Power wins pole for first Duel in Detroit

Will Power edged teammate Helio Castroneves and set a lap record in qualifying in the final minutes of the Firestone Fast Six to take the pole for race 1 at the Raceway at Belle Isle.

Power elected to wait until the final few minutes to take his shot at the pole while Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud all took to the track right away. Castroneves laid down a lap of 1:16.1200 that looked relatively safe to keep the pole but Power was not to be denied as the Aussie pulled a lap of 1:06.0941 out of his hat on his second lap of qualifying, breaking the year old track record of Takuma Sato in the process.

I had new tires and was pushing hard because they said Helio and Juan were pretty close. Fantastic job and good start to the weekend. We’ll see what magic we can do tomorrow.

– Will Power

Castroneves followed behind just -.025 off his teammate to secure team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the front row at his home race. Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya reared them with a third place qualifying effort and Takuma Sato carried the flag for Honda in fourth place.

Simon Pagneuad made it four Penske cars in the Fast Six and ended up in fifth place and Sebastien Bourdais ended the day in sixth place.

Scott Dixon barely missed the Firestone Fast Six and will roll off seventh on the grid tomorrow while rookie Stefano Coletti turned the best qualifying performance of his young IndyCar career and will start eighth while Marco Andretti and James Jakes fill out an all Honda fifth row.

Tristan Vautier made the most of his opportunity with Dale Coyne Racing and nearly made the Firestone Fast Six, only to be bumped out at the last second and will start 11th.

Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit
Pos. Car Driver Manufacturer Time Speed Round
1 1 Will Power Chevrolet 1:16.0941 111.178 Firestone Fast Six
2 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 1:16.1200 111.140 Firestone Fast Six
3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 1:16.4428 110.671 Firestone Fast Six
4 14 Takuma Sato Honda 1:16.5363 110.536 Firestone Fast Six
5 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 1:16.6656 110.349 Firestone Fast Six
6 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 1:17.0406 109.812 Firestone Fast Six
7 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 1:16.9768 109.903 Round 2 / Top 12
8 4 Stefano Coletti (R) Chevrolet 1:17.3638 109.353 Round 2 / Top 12
9 27 Marco Andretti Honda 1:17.3785 109.333 Round 2 / Top 12
10 7 James Jakes Honda 1:17.5158 109.139 Round 2 / Top 12
11 19 Tristan Vautier Honda 1:17.8140 108.721 Round 2 / Top 12
12 8 Sage Karam (R) Chevrolet 1:17.9046 108.594 Round 2 / Top 12
13 15 Graham Rahal Honda 1:18.2239 108.151 Qual / Group 1
14 41 Jack Hawksworth Honda 1:18.7504 107.428 Qual / Group 2
15 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 1:18.3144 108.026 Qual / Group 1
16 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 1:19.3634 106.598 Qual / Group 2
17 83 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 1:18.3303 108.004 Qual / Group 1
18 67 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 1:21.4632 103.851 Qual / Group 2
19 20 Luca Filippi Chevrolet 1:18.4404 107.853 Qual / Group 1
20 26 Carlos Munoz Honda 1:21.4796 103.830 Qual / Group 2
21 5 Conor Daly (R) Honda 1:18.4937 107.779 Qual / Group 1
22 18 Rodolfo Gonzalez (R) Honda 1:21.8208 103.397 Qual / Group 2
23 98 Gabby Chaves (R) Honda 1:19.2306 106.777 Qual / Group 1

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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