With the Verizon IndyCar Series championship on the line Team Penske's Will Power took another step toward capturing his first title by winning the pole for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The Verizon P1 Award at Sonoma Raceway gives Power one championship point to extend his lead to 40 points over teammate Helio Castroneves with only Sunday's 85-lap race and next weekend's double-points finale at Auto Club Speedway left on the schedule.
In the Firestone Fast Six Power earned his fourth pole of the 2014 season and 37th of his career with a lap of 1 minute 17.4126 seconds.
"It's a track-position race and starting on pole is the best position to win the race," Power said.
The 33-year-old has won the three of the past four years at Sonoma Raceway. In Round 1 Power set a new track record with a time of 1 minute 17.2393 seconds to beat his old record from 2012.
Josef Newgarden will start on the front row after turning a lap of 1 minute 17.7318 seconds. Scott Dixon will start third with James Hinchcliffe fourth, Ryan Briscoe fifth, and Helio Castroneves sixth.
Not advancing out of Round 2 of qualifying were drivers in starting positions seven to 12. Sebastien Bourdais will start seventh, Tony Kanaan eighth, Carlos Munoz ninth, Ryan Hunter-Reay tenth, Charlie Kimball 11th, and Mikhail Aleshin 12th. Not getting into Round 2 from their Round 1 groups were drivers starting from 13th to 22nd. Marco Andretti will start 13th, Graham Rahal 14th, Simon Pagenaud 15th, Justin Wilson 16th, Mike Conway 17th, Jack Hawksworth 18th, Juan Pablo Montoya 19th, Takuma Sato 20th, Carlos Huertas 21st, and Sebastian Saavedra 22nd.
The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma can be seen at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN.
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