FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power has struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship.
Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, while Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph.
Castroneves trails Power by 51 points in second place heading into the season finale. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.
Although starting position isn’t exactly vital in a 500-mile oval race, the difference between the Penske drivers is stark.
Power says his qualifying went “as bad as it could possibly go.”
Castroneves says he was actually concerned by his teammate’s poor performance in qualifying, even though it could benefit him personally.