Will Power sweeps pair of poles at Iowa

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Will Power has swept both poles for the IndyCar double-header at Iowa Speedway to move within one of Mario Andretti's all-time record.

The Australian dominated Saturday's quirky qualifying session in which his first lap set his starting spot for the race later in the afternoon. His second lap then put him on the pole for Sunday's race.

The Iowa haul has put Power on 66 poles for his career, just one away from equalling Andretti's record of 67.

"This qualifying session, all season, I was like, 'This is where I can really make some damage, I can really, really put myself in a position to get there'," Power said. "That was a big step for me."

The 41-year-old Team Penske driver had targeted this weekend as an event where he could close the gap on Andretti.

His only other pole this season had been in May on the road course at Indianapolis.

"These two poles are key. I was thinking about them all season," Power said.

"Put a lot of focus on this race for that reason. If I got those two, it's very realistic I could get that record."

Last week, Scott Dixon tied Andretti for second on the all-time IndyCar wins list with his 52nd career victory.

Power now has five more chances this season to snatch another Andretti mark.

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