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BGP: It takes Will Power to win pole

BGP: It takes Will Power to win pole

Obviously, I already have an affinity for Australian Indy car driver Will Power, who qualified first for tomorrow's Grand Prix and clearly deserves a place in my Odd Name Hall of Fame. He won the pole for the seventh time this year, so he's certainly no stranger to open-wheel race fans and he should have been honored sooner.

He's no Dick Trickle, of course. In fact, he's not really even Will Power. Outside the United States, he's usually identified as William Power, but everybody calls him Will over here, and it sounded pretty good as the track announcer called his final lap on Saturday. He nipped Graham Rahal to win the Firestone Fast Six.

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While we're on the subject of strange names, which obviously is very dear to my heart, Power's hometown is Toowoomba, Australia, which also is quite a mouthful.

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