Power breaks fourth track record of 2015 (Update)

UPDATE Courtesy of the AR1 Research Department, we have amassed some calculations to compare how Power's qualifying record favors with other all-time IndyCar greats. Interestingly, Power has the best success rate of pole positions relative to races started of any driver in Indy Car history to have made at least 100 starts.

See, table below:

Driver Starts Poles Percent of poles/starts
Will Power 157 42 26.75%
Sebastien Bourdais 149 34 22.81%
Bobby Unser 258 52 20.15%
Rick Mears 203 41 19.7%
Mario Andretti 407 65 15.97%
Helio Castroneves 310 46 14.83%
A.J. Foyt 369 53 14.36%
Gil de Ferran 161 21 13.12%
Dario Franchitti 265 33 12.45%


If you go by the numbers, Indy Car racing has never seen a better qualifier than Will Power. Yesterday, he won his 42nd career pole position for what will be his 155th career start this afternoon. Pretty impressive stuff.

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2015) – Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record in the Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of the six championship contenders who will start on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, this is the fourth track record broken by Power this season and the sixth track record broken in 2015 following the introduction of aero kits by Chevrolet and Honda.

Three rounds of qualifications set the 25-car grid for the 85-lap race Aug. 30 (1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on NBCSN) that carries double base points along with bonus points for the pole (one point), leading a lap (one) and leading the most laps (two).

Power claimed his sixth pole start of the season and 42nd of his career, which is fifth on the all-time Indy car list.

"I'm really stoked. I love qualifying and (am) very happy to end the year with a pole position," said Power, a three-time winner at Sonoma Raceway who has started from the pole five times in the past six years for this race. "Lots of points on the table; we'll go for that win."


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