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Power plays helps Penske extend pole streak, nearly pull off 4-car sweep in Indy qualifying

  • Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, pulls out of the pits during practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, pulls out of the pits during practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Will Power, of Australia, sits in his car during practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Will Power, of Australia, sits in his car during practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, steers his car during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, steers his car during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Defending IndyCar champion Will Power won the pole for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a new qualifying record.

The Australian star completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course Friday in 1 minute, 9.4866 seconds, breaking a mark he set a few minutes earlier in the second of three rounds of qualifications.

Scott Dixon will start second Saturday after finishing in 1:09.7156.

Former Indy winners Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya will start third and fourth. Simon Pagenaud will start fifth as he tries to reach victory lane for the second straight year. Tony Kanaan is starting sixth.

It was a two-team race. Team Penske put all four of its cars in the final round. Dixon and Kanaan, who drive for Target Chip Ganassi, rounded out the final six.