Power Takes Australia Pole
October 25, 2008 | 12:59 P.M. EST
The Team Australia driver captured the pole for the Nikon Indy 300 with a lap of 1 minute, 34.9451 seconds (105.977 mph) on the 2.795-mile course during the Firestone Fast Six shootout. It was his third consecutive pole on the Streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia.
"It was quite a difficult session, to be honest," Power said. "I went out there and half the track was wet and half the track was dry. It was a matter of getting through each round and in the last round it was all dry. It was back to what I knew quite well. On the last lap, I backed off out and made sure I got a good run in. I'm very happy for the team. We turned up with a pretty good car out of the box and the guys did great work. Hopefully we can get it done this weekend, because that's what we've been trying to do for the last three years."
Power, a native of nearby Toowoomba, Australia, will be joined on the front row for the 60-lap race by New Zealander Scott Dixon (1:35.7672; 105.067), the reigning IndyCar Series champion in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car. Aussie Ryan Briscoe will start third in the No. 6 Team Penske car (1:35.8007; 105.031).
A storm about 30 minutes before the three knockout rounds impacted the first group of the initial 20-minute session the most, with threaded rain tires the norm and steady hands on the steering wheel necessary. The racetrack dried throughout the next 60 minutes, but slick patches remained during the Firestone Fast Six.