Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Australian Power Earns Pole for Season Finale Usual Excitement Dampened after Wilson's Accident

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Australian Power Earns Pole for Season Finale Usual Excitement Dampened after Wilson's Accident

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SONOMA, Calif. - Australian Will Power isn't stepping down as IndyCar champion without a fight.

Power won the pole Saturday for the title-deciding race today at Sonoma Raceway by circling the circuit in 1 minute, 16.25 seconds. He heads into the season finale one of six drivers mathematically eligible to win the title.

But Power is a distant fourth in the standings and trails Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 61 points.

"Really stoked," Power said. "I am very happy to end the year with pole position."

After winning the title a year ago, Power put a lot of his focus on winning the Indianapolis 500 and came up just short, finishing second to Montoya. In all, he has just one victory this year and three podiums. It's Power's worst statistical year since 2009, when he ran just six races.

His thoughts after qualifying just like most of the paddock: He took a moment to honor Justin Wilson, who died Monday from a heady injury suffered a week ago at Pocono Raceway. …

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