Will Power showed his dominance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, and during Fast Friday he proved that he’s out to do the same for the entire Month of May.
An Indianapolis 500 win has remained elusive for the Australian native. This year will mark his 11th time contesting the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, his average finish over the past decade being P13. The best of those finishes and only podium coming in 2015 when the Aussie finished P2. He’s finished in the Top 10 in 2016 (P10), 2010 (P8), and 2009 (P5).
This track can make or break an otherwise amazing season given the amount of points up for grabs. It’s also the one track that gets a say in how everyone finishes. It may sound silly to the casual or new fan, but not for racing fanatics. This hallowed ground is a living breathing entity, as much as those sitting behind the wheels of all 33 cars on the grid.
Power topped the non-tow results on Friday with a speed of 229.780. He was joined at the top by teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud, proving yet again that the Team Penske cars will be a force to be reckoned with on qualifying weekend.
All three of the aforementioned drivers have previous experience starting on the front row of the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with Simon starting P3, and Newgarden and Power with best starts of P2; however, it’s their part-time teammate Helio Castroneves who has started from ‘500’ pole four times. The trio should be happy to have Castroneves back this month as he’s also the only one of the four of them to have won the race. He’s done so three times and you can bet that he is going for that fourth win to set himself in the history books along with Foyt, Unser and Mears.
Outside of a mechanical issue beyond their control, I’d find it hard to imagine a Fast Nine qualifying group that doesn’t include all four Penske cars this weekend.