Will Power scored his second Verizon P1 award of the 2014 season with a blistering two-lap average of 218.896, knocking Josef Newgarden to P2 for Saturday's Verizon IndyCar Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The pole is Power's second in a row at the Great American Speedway, and the 34th of his career, moving him ahead of Dario Franchitti for sixth on the all-time list.
Newgarden's goal was a top-ten starting position; instead he laid down his career-best qualifying laps.
When the green flag flies Saturday night, 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan will start from inside the second row with Juan Pablo Montoya next to him in P4. Saturday's race marks Montoya's first race at TMS in an IndyCar after 14 NASCAR starts.
This year's Indy 500 polesitter, Ed Carpenter, rounds out the top five.
Power sits atop the Verizon IndyCar points standings with two wins in the seven races so far in the 2014 season, but he's not worried about points. The Team Penske driver says he's just focusing on the racing, that while points racing may work for some people, it just doesn't suit his personality.
Here's the starting order for the Firestone 600, broadcast on NBSCN beginning at 7:30 pm Saturday.
|4||Juan Pablo Montoya||2||Chevrolet||217.724|
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