Will Power will lead the field to the green flag under the lights Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. The Team Penske driver won the Pole for the race, and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden will start along side him on the front row. This is the second Pole Award in a row for the Aussie, and the 34th of his career. Power had a two-lap average speed of 218.896 mph. Will also increased his championship lead over teammate Helio Castroneves to 20 points.
Speaking of Castroneves, the Brazilian driver is gunning for his fifth win on the Texas oval. He’ll have his work cut out for him though, as he’ll start in the 14th position on Saturday night. Newgarden recorded his career best starting position on Friday. He was the only driver to have a faster lap time on his second qualifying lap.
The second row will be comprised of Tony Kanaan and Juan Montoya. While the Columbian driver has plenty of stock car experience here (17 races) this will be his first on the 1.455 mile oval in an IndyCar. Row 3 belongs to Ed Carpenter and Simon Pagenaud.
Several contenders will have to fight their way to the front after poor qualifying efforts. Defending Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will start in 12th spot, and Ryan Briscoe next to him in 13th. Marco Andretti will start 17th, and Graham Rahal rolls off in 21st position. The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway will air live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 PM ET on Saturday night. This will be the final race before teams and drivers get a much-needed three week break before returning to Houston on June 28.