Team Penske driver Will Power joined an elite group on Friday night, when he secured pole position for this weekend’s Bommarito 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Piloting the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power set a new track record of 45.4579 seconds on-route to his 50th career pole.
“(This is a) Huge accomplishment for myself and my team. They always give me a strong setup going into qualifying for the #12 Verizon Chevy and they just continue to do a great job,” said Power after setting the fastest overall time in the session.
“We were lucky that we went out last which was a huge advantage since we share data throughout the team. We’re really excited about tomorrow’s race, especially starting from the front with all of my teammates right behind me.”
A 50th career pole places Power alongside Penske teammate Helio Castroneves tied for third on the all-time list. The two drivers trail only AJ Foyt (53) and Mario Andretti (67).
“Fantastic, 50 poles. Wow! I never would have dreamed of that when I started. I am very humbled to be up there with A.J. Foyt and Helio Castroneves.”
This race will mark Power’s first visit to Gateway, a track the series hasn’t raced on since 2003.
Team Penske as a whole dominated qualifying, claiming the first four starting positions. Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, who is returning to competition for the first time since his wild crash at Indianapolis during the month of May, will line up in 19th.