AT LAGUNA SECA, WILL POWER TAKES POLE, HIS … 68th IN INDYCAR


WILL POWER in LAGUA SECA’s famous Corkscrew

He did it. Co-holder of the number of poles obtained in the Indycar Series, with the legendary US driver, Mario Andretti, with 67, the Australian Will Power offered himself his … 68th pole this Saturday!

On the occasion of the last round of the 2022 Championship, which takes place on the Californian circuit of Laguna Seca in Monterey, the pilot of the Penske team, indeed proved to be the fastest, during the session of the ‘Fast Six, bringing together as its name suggests, the six fastest drivers in Q3

Power with 1’11.6127ahead in the order, the young Briton Callum Ilott of Team Juncos Hollinger Racing, second with 1’11.6320the American Alex Rossi.

And Frenchman Romain Grosjean from the Andretti Autosport team, respectively with 1’11.7698 and 1’11.7858Spaniard Alex Palou – the defending champion – Chip Ganassi with 1’12.1625 and the Mexican Pato O’Ward? of Arrow McLaren, sixth with 1’12.4542

The Top 10 being completed by David Malukas of Dale Coyne, followed by New Zealander Scott McLaughlin – another Penske driver – and by Swedes Félix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson of the Arrow McLaren and Chip Ganassi teams.

Eleventh place for the second French driver, Simon Pagenaud who precedes his partner at Meyer-Shznk, the Brazilian Helio Castroneves and the second New Zealander, the other Scott, Dixon who is aiming for the title and will start far from the current leader, who is none other than poleman Will Power!

Very bad day for the American Josef Newgarden, who went out in the famous Corkscrew, and stalled engine, causes a red flag and therefore only twenty-fifth on the grid and who is also a candidate for the title of Indycar Champion 2022.

WILL POWER with his’ BOSS, the patriarch ROGER PENSKE

To the question: Can you take a moment to reflect on what you achieved today, Will replied:

“An important step. To be up there with an iconic guy like Mario is amazing. When I think back to when he raced, how dangerous it was and how riskier it was, I’m blown away to be there with Mario. It’s great to have Mario here. Someone I respect enormously and of whom I was a big fan. I want to trade a helmet with him, put his in my collection if he would. »

THE legend Mario ANDRETTI congratulates Will POWER now alone at the head of the poles with 68

Present, Mario Andretti, he was asked this question:

Did you know and imagine that this moment would come one day eventually?

 » Absolutely. It’s great for the series, great for the sport. Records are made to be broken. It’s with a good man. Will Power throughout his career has been a very good driver in qualifying. He deserves it. He worked for it and he is the best in qualifying”

Let us recall the classification of the 2022 Championship, before this final 2022 event at Laguna Seca: 1. Power, 523 dots – 2 Dixon and Newgaden, 503 – 4 Ericsson, 484 and 5, McLaughlin with 482 dots.

Who will be titled? By starting from the pole, Will Power has solid chances, much better than his two runners-up for the conquest of a new title!

Power having already been crowned in 2014, Dixon him in 2003-2008 -2013-2015-2018 and 2020. And, Newgarden him twice, in 2017 and 2019!

Peter GRISWOLD

Photos:INDYCAR – TEAMS



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