Indianapolis 500

Power turns fastest lap, becomes IndyCar GP pole favorite

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two-time race winner Will Power heads into qualifying as the favorite to win the pole after turning the fastest lap of the day on Indy’s 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.

The Australian’s time of 1 minute, 9.8759 seconds was just a smidge better than rookie Jordan King of England. King completed his best lap in 1:09.9122.

Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, was third at 1:09.9806. Nobody else posted a time under 1:10.

Winning the pole has been a harbinger of what to expect on race day. Each of the last three pole winners wound up celebrating in victory lane, including Power who captured his IndyCar GP wins in 2014 and 2016 from the pole.

Twenty-four cars are expected to begin qualifications late Friday.