Castroneves Wins Pole as Toyota Sweeps Top 4 at California - Helio Castroneves put his Marlboro Toyota on the pole for a third consecutive race in qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400 at the California Speedway. The pole is the fourth of the...
Castroneves Wins Pole as Toyota Sweeps Top 4 at California
- Helio Castroneves put his Marlboro Toyota on the pole for a third consecutive race in qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400 at the California Speedway. The pole is the fourth of the season for Castroneves and his second straight Toyota Indy 400 pole.
- Helio Castroneves led a Toyota sweep of the top four qualifying positions today, as he was followed by Scott Dixon (Target Toyota), Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) and Darren Manning (Target Toyota) in the top four spots.
- Today's pole is Toyota's 15th in 31 IndyCar Series races, third in a row and its fourth of the 2004 campaign.
- Helio Castroneves' pole position is his fourth of the season and the eighth of his IndyCar Series career seven of those coming with Toyota power over the last two seasons.
- Helio Castroneves will attempt to tie an IRL record for most consecutive poles (4 set by Billy Boat) at the IndyCar Series finale at the Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks.
- Defending IRL champion Scott Dixon earned his top qualifying position and his first front row start of the season with a second today. Dixon won five poles a year ago.
- A.J. Foyt IV (Conseco Toyota) earned his second consecutive top-10 starting position with an eighth today one race after earning a career-best sixth at Chicagoland. The last two races mark his first two career top-10 qualifying efforts.
- Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) has qualified in the top seven in eight of the last nine races where qualifying has taken place. Hornish has won back-to-back races here at the California Speedway, including a close win over Scott Dixon a year ago.
- Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) qualified for his 97th IndyCar Series race and his 89th consecutive event both IndyCar Series records.
- Today's pole marks the third of the weekend for Toyota Racing Development (TRD, USA). Toyota trucks qualified one through four for Saturday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, while Max Papis put his Lexus on the pole for tomorrow's Grand-American Rolex Series race at the VIR 400.