Will Power will start Saturday night's Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway from pole after dominating qualifying at the 1.5-mile oval.
Power secured the top spot with a two-lap average of 219.182mph, well clear of closest contender Marco Andretti's 217.553mph effort.
"We were wide open, trimmed out enough, the gears were right," Power related. "Last year we thought we should have been on the pole but we got it right this time."
Power added that he was very pleased with the way the Dallara DW12s have changed the Texas race.
"Before (the new chassis-engine package) you were just a passenger," he declared. "Now you actually have to drive the thing. Before, you were just wide open and hope for the best and hopefully your car was fast. Now you have to drive it. So it's how it should be. It should be about talent.
"It's going to be an interesting race," the Team Penske driver added." I think the downforce level I've got is about right for good racing, because I think some cars are a lot more than others, and if you happen to put new tires on the last restart and no one else does, you can go in the front. So it creates some interesting situations, and hopefully we're at the front of all that."
Marco Andretti, who's tied with Helio Castroneves for the points lead going into this race in the championship standings, also expressed satisfaction with his Andretti Autosport car's setup.
"I'm pleased with our front row," Andretti said. "Good job by the guys, because our focus wasn't even on qualifying. I'm pleased just like I was at Indy, because it was the same focus at Indy. The first lap, I think we had an overboost, so we lost a mile-per-hour, which I was hoping it wasn't going to cost me more than it did. Will went for it, and he got benefit for it, so good job to him."
Andretti's time had held right through the middle phase of the session, seeing off the likes of Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and former event winner Helio Castroneves before Power finally unseated him. Kanaan's opening lap of 216.685mph suggested that he could have been a contender for a spot on the first couple of rows, but the Brazilian lost a full 3mph on his second lap, dragging him down to 15th.
Early on, the person to beat was E.J. Viso, who was first on track and dropped a 217.244mph average that was good enough to hold up against nearly half the field before Andretti came out. The Venezuelan's time was still ultimately sufficient for fifth on the grid, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti just ahead of him.
Neither Tristan Vautier nor Takuma Sato set times, with Vautier sitting it out while his Schmidt Peterson team changed his engine after his previous Honda unit mileaged out during practice, and Sato not making it to pitlane in time after having a new gearbox installed.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Speed
1. Will Power Penske/Chevy 219.182
2. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 217.553
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 217.524
4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 217.504
5. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 217.244
6. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 217.100
7. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 216.693
8. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 216.570
9. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 216.552
10. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 216.487
11. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 216.447
12. Simona De Silvestro KV/Chevy 216.396
13. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 216.248
14. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 215.727
15. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 215.474
16. Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda 215.406
17. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 214.839
18. Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy 214.586
19. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 213.888
20. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 213.217
21. Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 212.785
22. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 207.805
23. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda
24. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda