Team Australia team boss Craig Gore admitted that 'everything has gone right' for his team after seeing Will Power secure his third straight pole position on the Gold Coast.
Power became the first driver to earn three Nikon Indy 300 pole positions with a stunning lap time in the final segment of qualifying.
The Australian driver set the pace early in the Firestone Fast Six ten-minute run for pole, until series champion Scott Dixon took hit the front with just three minutes remaining.
However Power responded by eclipsing Dixon's time by eight tenths of a second to take pole for the non-championship race.
“I've been in this position three years in a row, so we have to get it done," he said. “It was quite a difficult session, to be honest. I went out there and half the track was wet and half the track was dry. It was a matter of getting through each round and in the last round it was all dry.
“It was back to what I knew quite well. Just before that last lap, I backed off and made sure I got a good run in. I'm very happy for the team. We turned up with a pretty good car out of the box and the guys did great work. Hopefully we can get it done this weekend, because that's what we've been trying to do for the last three years.
“I can't believe I have another pole start here. But, it's only the pole and the goal is to win the race on Sunday. That's the big prize here. It was a mega last lap. And I'm really happy for Craig Gore, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser. They have supported me through my whole professional career so I am really happy them.”
Power's KV Racing Technology team-mate Oriol Servia, who is also racing in the colours of Aussie Vineyards and Team Australia this weekend, qualified 15th for the race and while the Spaniard was disappointed not to be higher on the grid, Gore was pleased to see his other driver out front.
“Superb performance from Will and the entire team today,” he said. “So far we've done everything right. Now we need to execute our plan tomorrow and run a smart race.
“Will clearly has the speed around this track and he's in top form. Now we need to put it all together in the race on Sunday to get the Aussie Vineyards car where it deserves to be.”