By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
SPEEDWAY, Ind.(FOX19)—David Ragan won his second career pole on Saturday by turning the fastest lap at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earlier this season at Texas he won his first career pole, and the 25-year-old said he learned some valuable lessons from that race.
"At Texas we started off the race and we weren't that great, but we were able to run in the top five all night long just because we had the number one stall and we had good, clean air," Ragan said. "That's kind of unfair that a guy running 15th may really have a better car than us, but because we're up there, we can stay and we can fight."
His car owner, Jack Roush, is looking for his first-ever win at Indy. Ragan's pole win was Roush's first ever in 18 years at the track in Indianapolis.
Ragan knows that starting from the pole tomorrow will give him an edge at a track where running up front is key.
"Even if we lose five spots at the beginning of the run we're still going to be fifth, so that gives us some extra confidence," said Ragan. "It gives my pit crew confidence that they can be aggressive on pit road, that I can come in the box hard and I don't have to worry about leaving and passing people on pit road.
I can just shoot straight off, so there are so many pros that come with having that nice, clean air."
He's confident after winning at Daytona just one week before the Sprint Cup Series came to Kentucky. But that confidence doesn't mean that the Unadilla, Georgia, native won't enjoy seeing the green flag first in one of the biggest races of the year.
"You lead the field to green and you know what you've got to do from the front row," Ragan said. "But it gives you a little extra confidence just saying, 'Hey, even if we struggle tomorrow, we still have a leg up on every one.'"