Power Takes Mid-Ohio Pole
August 4, 2012 | 1:15 P.M. EST
This is Will Power's third pole of 2012 and his second pole at Mid-Ohio. (Photo: Getty Images)
Will Power saved his best for last at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Australian recorded the quickest lap time of 1:05.6662 - only three-tenths of a second off the Indy car circuit record set by Dario Franchitti in 1999 and matched by Gil de Ferran in 2000 - on his final lap of the 10-minute session Firestone Fast Six session to win the pole for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
"I am so tired after this session I am shaking, this place is so physical," Power said. "I really think my Verizon car is better on used tires - there is so much grip and the Verizon 12 Chevy has so much downforce around this place that it is so fun to drive, it is amazing. This session today is the hardest I have tried all year - I just kept pushing and pushing, I had to. It is the most that I have put into a lap."
Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, enters the 85-lap race in third place in the championship standings -- 25 points behind the front-running Ryan Hunter-Reay.
"We needed that pole and it is so important to start up front to keep pushing, if we have a chance for the championship," Power said.
The pole is Power's third of 2012 and his second pole at Mid-Ohio. It is the 27th pole of his Indy car career, tying Al Unser for ninth on the all-time list.
Dario Franchitti will join Power on the front row, while Simon Pagenaud and Alex Tagliani qualified third and fourth, respectively. Tagliani's No. 98 Team Barracuda-BHA car will serve a 10-grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.
Scott Dixon qualified fifth and Ryan Briscoe was sixth.
Helio Castroneves will also have a 10-grid race penalty for an engine change.