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Friday, 22 March 2019

The 'amazing' feat that stunned Will Power


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Australia’s Indy500 champion Will Power says it’s “amazing” to find himself alongside two legends of the sport, as he continues to etch his name into the record books in America.

Power will be searching for the 56th IndyCar pole of his career this weekend in Texas, which would place him second on the all-time list for the most starts at the front of the field.

Only Mario Andretti, with 67, is ahead of the Australian, while Power has already gone past AJ Foyt’s mark of 53.

Andretti and Foyt are regarded among the all-time greats of the sport, with Associated Press unable to split the pair, naming them both “Driver of the Century” in 2000.

“That is amazing, I would never have dreamed of that when I started racing in IndyCars,” Power told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s unbelievable to be amongst that company. I would love to try and close down the gap to Mario and get the all-time record.

“Qualifying’s the one session over the weekend when you have to extract the most out of the car, and be mistake free, and that’s what I love. It’s my favourite session of the weekend.”

IndyCar is making its first visit to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas, a track that also hosts the United States Formula One Grand Prix.

Given Power’s renowned prowess in qualifying, he’ll be one of the favourites to take home a bonus the track has put up for this weekend - $141,000 (AUD) if a driver can take pole and win the race.

Will Power

COTA’s layout features an elevated turn one, with a steep ascent off the start line providing plenty of possibilities into the first corner.

“I think it will be good, it should be good racing for us,” Power said.

“They’ve taken some downforce out of the cars to try and put it back in the drivers’ hands, things like increasing the braking zones and allowing the cars to follow closer with less turbulence, so I think it will be a great show.

“Turn one will be even tighter than what you see from F1, because with a rolling start you don’t get the separation that the F1 cars do with a standing start. It will be tight, no question.”

The 38-year-old from Toowoomba opened his season with a third place in Florida a fortnight ago, the first time he’s stood on the podium at the first race since 2015.

Starting the season on the back foot has been a recurring theme for Power in recent years, as he chases a second championship to add to his 2014 title.

“Definitely the aim going in was to come out of the first race not being in a points hole,” he said.

“I was happy with third, obviously you always want to win, especially when you qualify on pole, but it was a conservative strategy and I think we extracted the most out of that strategy.

“It’s a very good start in comparison to the previous three years.”

Australia’s Indy500 champion Will Power says it’s “amazing” to find himself alongside two legends of the sport, as he continues to etch his name into the record books in America.

Power will be searching for the 56th IndyCar pole of his career this weekend in Texas, which would place him second on the all-time list for the most starts at the front of the field.

Only Mario Andretti, with 67, is ahead of the Australian, while Power has already gone past AJ Foyt’s mark of 53.

Andretti and Foyt are regarded among the all-time greats of the sport, with Associated Press unable to split the pair, naming them both “Driver of the Century” in 2000.

“That is amazing, I would never have dreamed of that when I started racing in IndyCars,” Power told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s unbelievable to be amongst that company. I would love to try and close down the gap to Mario and get the all-time record.

“Qualifying’s the one session over the weekend when you have to extract the most out of the car, and be mistake free, and that’s what I love. It’s my favourite session of the weekend.”

IndyCar is making its first visit to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas, a track that also hosts the United States Formula One Grand Prix.

Given Power’s renowned prowess in qualifying, he’ll be one of the favourites to take home a bonus the track has put up for this weekend - $141,000 (AUD) if a driver can take pole and win the race.

Will Power

COTA’s layout features an elevated turn one, with a steep ascent off the start line providing plenty of possibilities into the first corner.

“I think it will be good, it should be good racing for us,” Power said.

“They’ve taken some downforce out of the cars to try and put it back in the drivers’ hands, things like increasing the braking zones and allowing the cars to follow closer with less turbulence, so I think it will be a great show.

“Turn one will be even tighter than what you see from F1, because with a rolling start you don’t get the separation that the F1 cars do with a standing start. It will be tight, no question.”

The 38-year-old from Toowoomba opened his season with a third place in Florida a fortnight ago, the first time he’s stood on the podium at the first race since 2015.

Starting the season on the back foot has been a recurring theme for Power in recent years, as he chases a second championship to add to his 2014 title.

“Definitely the aim going in was to come out of the first race not being in a points hole,” he said.

“I was happy with third, obviously you always want to win, especially when you qualify on pole, but it was a conservative strategy and I think we extracted the most out of that strategy.

“It’s a very good start in comparison to the previous three years.”

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