Castroneves Ties Pole Record
October 15, 2004 | 8:59 P.M. EST
"Four in a row...it’s just awesome," said Castroneves. "I couldn’t do it without this fantastic team. They deserve it. Hopefully, Sunday we’re going to climb the fence."
It was Castroneves' fifth pole of the season and Marlboro Team Penske's second in a row at Texas in the Fall race after Gil de Ferran won last year's.
Tomas Scheckter turned in his best qualifying performance of the season, putting Pennzoil Panther Racing's Chevrolet/Dallara in the second starting spot with a 215.831 mph lap around the 1.5-mile speedway.
"Chevy has never stopped working, and they have something different for this race," he continued," said Scheckter. "The championships are already decided, but Chevy dug deep and pulled it out for me in this last race. I take my hat off to them and to my team for doing a great job."
Castroneves' teammate Sam Hornish Jr. qualified third and has now qualified in the top-seven in nine of the last 10 races where qualifying has taken place.
Hornish won back-to-back Fall races at Texas in 2001 and 2002 – including a photo finish over now teammate Castroneves to win the 2002 IndyCar Series title.
Rahal Letterman Racing teammates Vitor Meira and Buddy Rice, who will start fourth and fifth respectively, led the Honda-powered field in qualifying after Meira edged Rice by 14-thousandths of a second.
Tony Kanaan, who captured the IndyCar title two weeks ago at California Speedway, will be looking to run his series-record string of consecutive top-five finishes to 15 starting from the 10th position.
The Texas 500 is set to go green at 12:55 p.m. (ET) Sunday with ABC providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 12:30 p.m. (ET).