LEXINGTON, OH – Will Power was the easy favorite to win the pole for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network). After all, he’s won 52 in his Verizon IndyCar Series career, three of which occurring here at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
So, when his No. 12 Chevrolet shot up the speed charts in the final two practice sessions of the race weekend, it came to no surprise.
Power, made the Firestone Fast Six for the ninth straight time on the 2.258-mile road course but this time, he narrowly missed out of his 53rd career pole.
Power, circled the track with a lap of 1:04.8939-seconds in his No. 12 Chevrolet, 0.21-seconds off the top starting spot earned by Alexander Rossi. Still, despite not winning the pole, it’s Power’s fourth straight front row starting spot for the 90 Lap race and sixth in the last seven years.
Furthermore, Power hasn’t started worse than sixth all season. You have to go back to Watkins Glen on Labor Day weekend of last year for the last time that he started outside of the first 3 Rows. The last time he’s started outside of the top 10?
11th in Belle Isle 1 in 2017.
That’s actually the only time since Milwaukee in 2015 that he’s started outside of the top 10. In 49 of his last 50 qualifying attempts, Power has started inside of the top 10. 13 of his last 15 have been in the first two rows. He has 17 front row starting spots since the start of last season.
Can he finally get a win here though?
The speed is there. He needs it if he’s going to remain in the championship hunt.