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We Have A New Race Record! Powers Gets Closer To Andretti’s Pole Sitter Record For GMR Grand Prix

We knew with a name like Will Power, more amazing things were going to happen for this record-breaking driver. Last week we told you to watch out for him,as he was about to set a record- and he went and did it- he broke the record set by awesome Mario Andretti for the most pole positions in a career.

“Will Power grabbed his 64th career IndyCar pole position, going a little under a tenth of a second faster than Alex Palou just as time expired in the final round of qualifying for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix. Power’s lap of 1:09.7664 gives him his first pole of the season and an excellent shot at scoring another GMR Grand Prix win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” The Indy Star reported on Friday.

The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is starting off to an exciting -history-breaking start- as is right at the most historic iconic American speedway on the planet.

Here is my story for some background to get you up to speed:

Powers – powered through with a smooth lap, on to his goal:

 

Here are some details, The Indy Star reported on Friday:

Power, one the most successful drivers at the Indianapolis road course in an Indy car, leads all other drivers with 5 poles and 5 wins.

“It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a pole on a road course,” said Power in the press conference. “Super stoked to get that one.”

Power Takes NTT P1 Award for GMR Grand Prix in Last Seconds:

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 13, 2022) – Will Power won the NTT P1 Award for the GMR
Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, earning his 64th career INDYCAR
SERIES pole on his final qualifying lap Friday afternoon.

Power’s best lap was 1 minute, 9.7664 seconds in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. Australian Power is just three poles shy of tying the alltime INDYCAR SERIES pole record of 67 set by Mario Andretti.

“This series, it’s so tight,” Power said. “So, to get a pole these days, you know you’ve done a
really good job. And the team has done a great job. I’m super-stoked. It’s been a long time since
we’ve had a pole on a road course. I worked hard on that one.

“I feel so privileged to be so close to him (Andretti). To be up there with names like Mario Andretti
and A.J. Foyt is something I wouldn’t have imagined when I started my career.”
This was Power’s first road or street course pole since the 2020 season finale at St. Petersburg,
Florida, and he became the fifth different pole winner in five NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this
season.

Live coverage of the 85-lap GMR Grand Prix starts at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday on NBC and the
INDYCAR Radio Network.

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