ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Team Penske will have a stranglehold on the first two rows in the IndyCar race at Road America.
Helio Castroneves won the pole Saturday, turning a lap in 1 minute, 41.30 seconds at 142.649 mph. It was his 50th career pole, and third of the season.
Castroneves edged teammate Will Power by 0.06 seconds. Power won the race last year at the rural Wisconsin road course.
Castroneves broke a tie for third on the career poles list with Bobby Unser. Only Mario Andretti (67) and A.J. Foyt (53) have more poles.
"He just gets faster as he gets older," Power joked. "He's like wine."
Castroneves is in his 20th IndyCar season. He won his first pole in 1999 at the Milwaukee Mile.
He seems as enthusiastic as ever.
As he walked to the podium after qualifying, Castroneves talked about the honor of winning what he thought was his 51st career pole before he was corrected by the moderator.
"Did I say 51? Sorry it's a bad habit," said Castroneves, clearing his throat. "Well anyway, you guys know what I'm talking about."
Two more Penske drivers will start in the second row Sunday race after Josef Newgarden qualified third and Simon Pagenaud fourth. The Chevy-powered Penske cars also turned in the fastest practice times most of the weekend.
Points leader Scott Dixon will start fifth, with Graham Rahal sixth.
"You know, obviously (Penske has) got something going here that we don't," Rahal said. "We'll see how it goes tomorrow. Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, (and) see what happens."