If you are desperate to give up the ciggies, what do you need? Will Power. Need to drop a few pounds before the next Royal wedding?

You need Will Power.

Keen to stop squandering all your hard-earned money on the nags at Flemington?

That will definitely require Will Power.

Want to have a punt on the crown jewel of American motorsport, the Indianapolis 500?

Back Will Power.

The Aussie with the best name in sports, excluding perhaps Patrick Dangerfield…nah, Will Power is the better of the two, will be starting on the front row of The Brickyard when the race launches within hearing distance of the childhood home of Kurt Vonnegut in six days’ time.

Need someone to build you a fast racecar?

You need Ed Carpenter.

The Indianapolis, Indiana native will start on the pole for the third time in his career, out qualifying the powerful Team Penske cars, for which Power is a driver.

Power came close to earning the pole, but unlike F1, starting at the front of the grid is not so critical, as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has plenty of space for overtaking, but Carpenter simply too much speed.

Power told reporters that the team had set up the car incorrectly; applying too much downforce, the result being that Carpenter was quicker by almost 1.6 kph in qualifying.

“We went out and practised after making a big change overnight, and it was completely wrong,” Power said. “I lost all my confidence because I was having so many moments, and so we had to go back on that and return the car to the way it was. The car was pretty stuck, could have trimmed out more. There was no way I was ever going to do the speed that Ed does. I don’t know what else I could take off the car that would make a mile-an-hour.”

Another Aussie, James Davison, will start from row seven.

On the triangular oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, top cars can obtain average speeds in excess of 360 kph during qualifying.

Carpenter’s quickest lap was just above 370 kph.


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