Will Power surprised by his own pole time at St Petersburg
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, March 24th 2012, 20:59 GMT|
Will Power admits that he surprised himself with the lap time that gave him pole position at St Petersburg for the third consecutive year.
Power earned himself the top spot with a 1m.01.3721s effort that was 0.6s quicker than he'd gone in free practice earlier in the day, and 0.3s quicker than his own track record for the St Petersburg circuit, which he'd previously set in qualifying for the 2010 race.
Penske team-mate Ryan Briscoe, who qualified second, was 0.18s off Power's time.
"I was actually surprised at the lap time on used tyres," Power admitted. "I think the track picked up there at the end. The Chevy was obviously the strongest engine, and we made a couple of adjustments for the Fast Six. The car was really good."
Despite his strong qualifying record at St Petersburg, Power's 2010 victory remains his only win at the circuit to date.