Will Power Prematurely Achieves Perfection

The only way to describe today’s qualifying was that of the unexpected.  As seen below, Tony Kanaan was the quickest of the Firestone Fast Six to achieve poll position.  Perhaps the bigger story, though, would be the second and third starting positions.  Will Power of KV Racing Technology and Justin Wilson of Newman/Haas/Lanigan showed that when it comes to the road courses, the transition teams aren’t at a disadvantage on the road and street courses whatsoever.  They beat both Team Penske drivers, including the defending two-time winner Helio Castroneves.

Power, though, not only achieved a P2 starting position, but also laid down the quickest lap of the day in the second session with a 1:02.1355, which was nearly four tenths quicker than any other lap laid through all three qualifying sessions.  In fact, the top three lap times of the second session were the three quickest of the day. 

Five of the twelve drivers in the second session were transitioning teams, with Servia, Perera, and Rahal making it to but not past the second session.  Marco Andretti, who was third quickest in his group and sixth quickest overall in the first session was unable to get any more speed out of his car, and will start in the 12th position.  Ryan Hunter-Reay of Rahal Letterman Racing was able to take his Ethanol-sponsored car to the Firestone Fast Six, finishing last in the session and starting sixth. 

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