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POWER WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE FIRESTONE 600 INDYCAR POLE

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 5, 2015) – Defending Verizon Indy Car Series champion Will Power captured his third consecutive Firestone 600 pole as Team Penske swept the top three positions during Friday’s NTT Data Qualifying Day at Texas Motor Speedway.

>Power (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) earned his fourth pole of the season with a two-lap qualifying average of 218.519 miles per hour (47.9410 seconds).  The pole also was the 40th of his career, which allowed him to tie the legendary Rick Mears for fifth place on the all-time list for pole positions. Power continued his career dominance in qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway, where he starts third or better for the sixth time in eight career starts and has never qualified worse than eighth.

Power nipped Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet), who had a two-lap average of 218.441 mph (47.9580 sec.) to earn the other front-row position and match his season-best qualifying effort (St. Petersburg).

Four-time Texas Motor Speedway winner Helio Castroneves (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet) was third at 218.069 mph while Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz (No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda) broke up Team Penske’s complete dominance by unseating Juan Pablo Montoya for the fourth qualifying position at 217.831 mph. Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), the reigning Indy 500 champ and points leader, will start fifth at 217.530 mph.

The Verizon IndyCar Series will close out its on-track action for the day with a final 30-minute practice session beginning at 6:45 p.m. CT.

Tickets for Saturday evening’s Firestone 600 are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling 817.215.8500.

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