Power goes all-in to secure first pole position of 2017


Credit: James Boone

2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg pole sitter Will Power was delighted to secure the first pole position of the season, despite a scrape with the wall during the second phase of qualifying.

Power’s pole means he adds to his impressive run of seven pole positions in eight attempts at St. Petersburg.

“It takes obviously a very good team and kind of getting through that first round there.” said the #12 Verizon Team Penske driver.

“Taking the risk on just doing one lap was good for me, definitely had a bit more meat on the tires in the last round there. 

“We worked on the car too. Made a bit of a wrong setup change there for the last round, and kind of just made it, and went back and did something else. 

“So yeah, very happy to be on pole. It’s really tight competition.” he added.

Power’s nearest team-mate is Josef Newgarden, who will line up in fourth position in tomorrows race, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves start the race from fourteenth and sixteenth respectively.