Will Power ties Rick Mears for 5th on all-time Pole list

FORT WORTH, Texas – Will Power made history today by claiming pole position for the Firestone 600 for the third year in succession. His average speed of 218.519 mph is just shy the qualifying record for Texas Motor Speedway which he set in 2013. The high banked oval once a type of track Power struggled on, is now one the defending champion relishes in.

It’s a real driver’s oval, I really like it, I really look forward to the ovals now.
– Will Power

It was also Power’s 40th pole position in the Verizon IndyCar Series, a statistic that places him level with Team Penske driver coach and IndyCar legend Rick Mears. Power who lies 15th on the all time wins list with 25 is fourth among active drivers, but perhaps the best placed to challenge the Unser’s, Andretti’s and AJ Foyt who sits on top of the table with 67 wins all time.

After a disappointing second in last month’s Indy 500 and being taken out at last week’s Dual in Detroit, Power will look to once again stamp his authority on the IndyCar Series when the green flag flies tomorrow in Texas.

Image: Chris Jones via IndyCar

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