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Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Will Power takes the pole at Sonoma

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Sarah Stierch
Will Power tool the pole at the 2015 GoPro Grand Prix
Will Power tool the pole at the 2015 GoPro Grand Prix

Will Power (#1) took the pole at today’s qualifications for the 2015 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Power sped around the track in 1:16.2597 seconds at the top speed of 112.589. He broke a record!

This is the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and it’s hotly contested.

Power has won three times at Sonoma, one of the most challenging road tracks in the country. This is his 5th pole at Sonoma and his 42nd pole in the IndyCar series – he’s the 4th all time pole leader in IndyCar.

Qualifying is Power’s favorite session – it’s challenging and “you get the absolute maximum out of the car – you wring its neck!” he shared after taking the pole.

Just behind him was Josef Newgarden (#67), one of five drivers who is competing to take the Series. Newgarden took the pole lead at 1:16.39 minutes and 112.387 mph with almost 25 seconds to go in qualifying.

Power jumped out a head and cheers jeered through the crowd. It was an electric feeling for everyone. “If I keep getting poles that means I’m doing my job, and I want to keep my job,” said Powers.

He’s doing his job quite well. Tomorrow he’ll compete against Newgarden, Juan Pablo Montoya (#2, will start 5th), Graham Rahal (#15, will start 6th), Scott Dixon (#9, will start 9th), and Helio Castroneves (#3, will start 15th), for the season title, however, 20 other drivers could take the win at Sonoma.

The race is tomorrow  at 2 PM. sonomaraceway.com

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