Power primed for milestone Indy 500

Australia’s Will Power was fourth fastest on the speed chart in Indy 500 practice on Friday.

The Queensland driver clocked a best lap of 224.384 miles per hour in his No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Power will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from sixth position on the 33-car starting grid, on the outside of row two.

“The car was good,” said Power.

“The track was green at the beginning but it felt good at the end. I think well be in good shape for the race.”

Although Power finished the day near the top of the leaderboard, he said it is hard to predict what it will be like for Sunday’s race.

“It’s hard to say,” he said.

“Everyone was getting big tows and all that. I have to get a feel of the non-tow laps to see exactly where the pace is.”

Power hasn’t dwelt much on the milestone race.

“It’s something I really haven’t thought about (the enormity of the 100th race), but the amount of people and the buzz around it is great for IndyCar,” he said.

“I think it will benefit the series a lot.”

He added that feels very comfortable at the famed 2.5-mile oval.

“I’m very confident around this track now. I just need to be in the right place on the last lap and get it done.”

The Gold Coast’s Matt Brabham had a best lap of 220.559 miles per hour during the final practice in his No.61 Pirtek Team Murray Chevrolet. He will start the Memorial Day weekend classic from 27th position, in the ninth row.

Brabham is looking forward to being one of the 33 drivers to take the green flag on Sunday.

“It means everything,” he said.

“I’m really stoked to be a part of it with our family history here. I just can’t wait to get on track and represent everyone well.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe will lead the field from pole position.

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