Will Power expects Team Penske to be more competitive pace-wise during the Indianapolis 500 after struggling during qualifying.

Power will start the Indy500 on the last row of the grid. His team mates McLaughlin, Newgarden and Pagenaud qualified 17th, 21st and 26th respectively. Despite their poor performance, the 2018 race winner believes Penske will have a better outcome during the race.

“[In] low-boost race trim we’ve been very good all the time,” he said. “It’s just a bit confusing why we’re not fast in the qualifying high boost level.

“[We’re] in a good window, got a new engine obviously. It’s probably a little bit better. It felt good,” he said, also stating that they didn’t change much from the original set-up.

Power stated good weather conditions will help his progress throughout the 500-mile race.

“If you have a clear day, cool track temperature, everything works together, also keep the tires under you. Track temp will certainly change the game, even if it was a cool temprature like [Friday].

“Obviously you can’t be too conservative but you can’t be too aggressive either,” he explained. “You don’t want to end up in the wall.

“Just [need] a methodical day, good pit stop sequences, maybe fish for a lucky yellow, strategy call like that.

“You can’t force it around this place. You just can’t. You got to get a good balance and get in that rhythm. It’s very difficult to tell if you can pass 32 cars back.

“Last year at the start, I qualified 24th or something, you couldn’t do much at all. It’s a bit more downforce this year, I’m hoping that you can, if you got a bit better car, get through a few cars.”

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