- Brazil's Helio Castroneves won pole position while championship points leader Will Power from Australia qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar race, the final event of the season.
With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title.
Power needs to finish sixth or better on Saturday to clinch the series championship, regardless of what Castroneves or anyone else does.
Mikhail Aleshin qualified in row three, but he was involved in a flying wreck in the final practice run of the evening and had to be taken to hospital.
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