Power to lead the field in season finale Fontana 500


Will Power powers to pole in Fontana.

Will Power took home the final pole position of the season, with the Penske family taking the top four positions.

Power took the pole position away from his team mate and championship contender Helio Castroneves late in the session. Power’s two lap average was 220.775 mph.

Allmendinger and Bourdais driving the Jay Penske Dragon Racing car took third and fourth respectively.

"It’s hard to predict the lap you’re going to do anyway, but obviously would have been nice for Helio to get the point," Power said.

Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet

Photo by: Covy Moore

"He needs to lead the most laps and I’ll just do whatever I can to help him out. I want to have a good race, and if that means just sitting behind him all day, that’s fine. It’s about the team. Scott didn’t (get the bonus point), so it still kind of keeps it alive."

Dixon, who leads the points heading into tomorrow nights MAVTV 500, qualified seventh.

With a ten-place penalty for engine changes for both Dixon and Castroneves, the race, which features a three wide start, is going to be exciting.

“We're going to race as hard as we can and see what happens,” Castroneves said.

“Good effort for the entire Team Penske. Unfortunately, we didn't have a crystal ball to tell my buddy (Power) to slow down. Those (No. 9 car) were behind him, so I'm glad he went for it. That's what the car was able to do. We showed that we did our homework. I'm proud of those boys. We just have to go for it."

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