Will Power On Pole For Home Race, Allmendinger in 7th

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia. (October 21, 2006) – Will Power took about eight minutes to prove that his future wasn’t going to be linked with the one-hit wonders pile of Champ Car racing that is littered with guys that had a moment’s fling with the top.

Watching most of today’s final qualifying session from Pit Lane after leading Friday’s first-round qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300, Power decided with about eight minutes left in the session that discretion could wait for another day.

Glad in the green-and-gold colors of his native Australia, Power rolled out and led Champ Car qualifying for the second consecutive day, winning his first Bridgestone Pole Award and scoring the top starting spot for tomorrow’s penultimate round of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Power’s hung up a time of 1:31.839 (109.561 mph/176.321 kph) on his last lap around the 2.795-mile Surfers Paradise street course today to lead Saturday qualifying, besting Paul Tracy by 0.12 seconds to clinch not only his first pole, but the first for his Team Australia.

Ironically, the time posted by Power as the fastest of the session was only the third-fastest time of the day, but on-track incidents and a pair of untimely red flags erased those clockings and left the door open for Power’s last-lap dash.

A.J. Allmendinger qualified 7th. "I'm really disappointed with my starting position, we put in a lap that was quick enough for the front row only a couple of seconds after the red came out so they took it away from us and now we'll be starting mid-pack," said Allmendinger.

Justin Wilson broke his wrist on Friday and the CDW-RuSport car will be parked for the race.