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)

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: