ELKHART LAKE, Wis – It shouldn’t be a surprise that a guy by the name of Will Power is among the fastest guys ever in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Power, enters Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) third in the standings. He’s coming off of a Month of May where he not only won the INDYCAR Grand Prix, but won the Indianapolis 500 as well.
While that’s impressive, look at this stat. Power, qualified his No. 12 Chevrolet on the front row for this weekend’s race in Road America. The only driver better was his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden who will roll off on the pole. Power, well he has 51 of those, third most all-time.
But, to make this point, his front row starting spot is his sixth of the season. If you count top three starting spot, Power has started third or better in all but one race in 2018. His worst starting spot was sixth in the first race in Belle Isle. Coincidentally enough, the first Belle Isle race last year was the last time that the Aussie has even started outside the top 10.
Yes, Power has a 20 consecutive race streak of top 10 starting spots.
If you go back to Mid-Ohio last year, Power has had three poles and six other front row starting spots in 15 tries. This season, he’s started second (St. Pete), third (Phoenix), second (Long Beach), second (Barber), first (IndyCar Grand Prix), third (Indy 500), sixth (Belle Isle 1), third (Belle Isle 2), third (Texas) and now second (Elkhart Lake). In the season finale last year, he started second in Sonoma.
Lets just look at natural road courses now. In 2017 he was first at Barber, first at the IndyCar Grand Prix, second at Road America, first at Mid-Ohio and second in Sonoma. This year, he was second at Barber, first at Indy and second at Road America. That’s eight straight front row starting spots on natural road courses.
Find me someone better.