IndyCar leader Will Power takes pole at Milwaukee

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Will Power gave Tony Kanaan a friendly tap on the arm when someone asked the fellow IndyCar driver about what it took to succeed at the Milwaukee Mile.

"Tell me!" Power joked.

No need — Power did just fine on his own Saturday. The IndyCar series points leader will start at the pole Sunday after being the only driver to surpass 169 mph in qualifying.

What a nice way to start the final three weeks of the season for Power, who has a slim lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves in the standings.

"Obviously, a win tomorrow would be phenomenal as far as the championship goes," Power said before narrowing his focus. "Just no other way to approach it but just be smart and keep your head down lap by lap. You can't even think about the overall picture."

Power topped qualifying Saturday with a lap at 169.262 mph. Castroneves will start eighth.

Tony Kanaan qualified second at 168.662 mph for his seventh straight top-10 start. A third Penske driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, will start third.

After a week off in the series, the Milwaukee race begins a three-week stretch to end the season. Kanaan led a strong contingent from Chip Ganassi Racing, which will start four drivers in the top 11.

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