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2014 Fontana: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 30, 2014 - 07:23 AM
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2014 Fontana: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Recap

Helio Castroneves will lead the field to the green flag for the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the 2014 season. The championship contender piloted his No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet around the 2.0-mile Auto Club Speedway with a two-lap average of speed of 218.540 m.p.h. Today’s pole gives Castroneves the highest average starting position of all drivers that competed in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

It is the 41st pole of Castroneves career and moves him out of a tie with Rick Mears to fourth on the all-time list. It is the third pole of the season for the three-time Indianapolis 500 , and his third Verizon P1 Award at Auto Club Speedway. Castroneves will be seeking his first career win and his first career Verizon IndyCar Series championship on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway.


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"Congratulations to Helio Castroneves and his Team Penske squad for grabbing the pole with authority after being the last to qualify today at Auto Club Speedway," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager Verizon IndyCar Series. "His teammate Juan Pablo Montoya will start alongside him tomorrow evening under the lights. Track temps today were approximately 144 0F at the start of qualifying which really made it tough for the drivers to execute two consecutive fast laps. The race tomorrow night will be a different set of conditions as the air and track temps drop throughout the race. With a Driver’s Championship on the line it will be another exciting finish to the race and to the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season."

Starting alongside Castroneves will be Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Josef Newgarden (Honda) will complete the front row.

Points leader Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will start 21st Saturday night in the 250-lap/500-mile race after battling a loose race car during his qualifying run.

Other Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers qualified as follows:

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet - 5th

Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Flex Pen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet - 6th

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet - 7th

Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT Date Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet - 12th

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet - 14th

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet - 15th

Sebastian Saavedra, No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers KIV AFS Racing Chevrolet - 20th

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet - 21st

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