Power wins Verizon P1 Award in Detroit with new track record

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DETROIT – Courtesy of a new track record of 1:16.0941, Will Power has secured the Verizon P1 Award (pole position) for Saturday’s Round 7 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the first race in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.

Power, in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was flirting with the mark early in the Firestone Fast Six before he set the time on his second lap, on reds, in the session. It beats the previous mark of 1:16.1371 set last year by Takuma Sato.

Power also returned Penske to the pole position after a one-race hiatus, when Scott Dixon scored the pole for the 99th Indianapolis 500.

“Yeah I had new tires, so I was pushing hard,” Power told IndyCar Radio. “I made a couple mistakes but fantastic job. Good start to the weekend.”

The top three drivers were from Team Penske’s stable, with Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya just behind the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion.

Sato upheld Honda’s honor, as he did in St. Petersburg, with fourth place while Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais completed the Fast Six.

Three other Hondas made it into Q2, in the form of Marco Andretti, James Jakes and a particularly impressive Tristan Vautier for Dale Coyne Racing. Vautier is in his first IndyCar road and street race since Houston, 2013, then driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

DETROIT – Qualifying Friday for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Race #1 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:16.0941 (111.178)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:16.1200 (111.140)
3. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:16.4428 (110.671)
4. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:16.5363 (110.536)
5. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:16.6656 (110.349)
6. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 01:17.0406 (109.812)
7. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 01:16.9768 (109.903)
8. (4) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 01:17.3638 (109.353)
9. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:17.3785 (109.333)
10. (7) James Jakes, Honda, 01:17.5158 (109.139)
11. (19) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 01:17.8140 (108.721)
12. (8) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 01:17.9046 (108.594)
13. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:18.2239 (108.151)
14. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 01:18.7504 (107.428)
15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 01:18.3144 (108.026)
16. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:19.3634 (106.598)
17. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 01:18.3303 (108.004)
18. (67) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:21.4632 (103.851)
19. (20) Luca Filippi, Chevrolet, 01:18.4404 (107.853)
20. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 01:21.4796 (103.830)
21. (5) Conor Daly, Honda, 01:18.4937 (107.779)
22. (18) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Honda, 01:21.8208 (103.397)
23. (98) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 01:19.2306 (106.777)

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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