Castroneves Captures Infineon Pole
August 23, 2008 | 6:41 P.M. EST
Castroneves won his 26th career PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award during qualifying for the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway with a best lap of 1 minute, 16.9027 seconds, 107.809 mph on the 12-turn, 2.30 mile circuit.
"The guys did an incredible job moving past the fire, turning the page and moving forward," Castroneves said. "If there is a team that can rebound, it's Team Penske. They proved it today. We're happy with every accomplishment that we've made this weekend. Starting on the front row is big for us. We're going to continue working hard tomorrow and hopefully have a good finish."
Briscoe was second just .0158 of a second behind.
The duo also shared the front row at Mid-Ohio with Castroneves on the pole and at Edmonton with Briscoe on the pole.
Will Power and Tony Kanaan will start in Row 2 for the 80-lap race, while Scott Dixon, who holds a 78-point lead over Castroneves in the championship, and Oriol Servia will start in Row 3.