Penske racing driver and 2014 IndyCar series champion Will Power put a stamp of authority on his 2016 campaign earlier today by recovering from an early morning shunt in practice and a stomach bug to score a record sixth St. Pete pole. It was a powerful statement from the Australian driver- but the biggest statement of all was made by the rest of his team Penske teammates.
Together, the four Penske drivers laid down the law and let the rest of the field know that the 2016 title was theirs to lose by taking tho top. Four. Spots.
That’s right, kids. The Penske Chevy drivers put their ethanol-fueled IndyCars in P1, P2, P3, and P4, each of them breaking the previous one-lap record time along the way. “What a great run today for the Verizon (Penske) Chevy team,” said Power. “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to put the new-look Verizon car on pole again here at St. Pete.”
As bad as the news of Penske’s dominance might have been for the rest of the field, there was more bad news to come for the Honda teams that normally do well here, as the 5th spot was taken by 2015 series Champion Scott Dixon … in another Chevy-powered race car. “Good to see Chevy (sweep) the top five,” said Dixon, who has three second-place finishes in St. Pete. “Sad to see the first four being Penskes. That’s the way it is.”
You can see the rest of the season-opening qualifying results for the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, below, and catch the race tomorrow at 12:30 PM EST on ABC.
|INDYCAR 2016: ST. PETERSBURG QUALIFYING – RESULTS|
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||4|
|8||Max Chilton ®||Chevrolet||17|
|98||Alexander Rossi ®||Honda||19|
|16||Spencer Pigot ®||Honda||22|
Source | Images: Indycar.