Can Will Power Make A Comeback After His Illness At St. Pete?

Will Power

Will Power continued Team Penske’s run of session-topping speeds as the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevy led the 21-car field with a lap of 1:06.8892. He was followed by the rest of the Penske squad as Simon Pagenaud (1:07.1162), Helio Castroneves (1:07.2635), and Juan Pablo Montoya (1:07.3157) owned the top 4 while preparing for this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Power must over come a few errors that were made during qualifying Saturday in order to have a chance at hoisting the trophy Sunday evening.

Will Power — one of the six — ended up in the Turn 9 runoff area, which triggered a red flag. Power was penalized by having his best two lap times invalidated, meaning he’ll begin in sixth in Sunday’s race.

“I didn’t want to take a risk and hit the wall and try to spin back around,” Australia’s Power said. “I always seem to start way back. It’s not way back this year, it’s a lot better than the previous two or three years. So at least we’re in the top six.”

Here is how they line up for the green flag today at Long Beach.

Qualifying results:

1. Helio Castroneves
2. Scott Dixon
3. Simon Pagenaud
4. Tony Kanaan
5. Juan Pablo Montoya
6. Will Power
7. James Hinchcliffe
8. Takuma Sato
9. Josef Newgarden
10. Carlos Munoz
11. Ryan Hunter-Reay
12. Luca Filippi
13. Conor Daly
14. Sebastien Bourdais
15. Charlie Kimball
16. Alexander Rossi
17. Graham Rahal
18. Mikhail Aleshin
19. Max Chilton
20. Jack Hawksworth
21. Marco Andretti


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