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Power on pole at Texas, where all 4 Team Penske drivers starting in the top 5

  • Crew members work on the car of Ed Carpenter (20) during a practice session for an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. IndyCar is mandating the use of closure panels on the rear wheel guards for the remaining three super speedway races. The decision is in response to three cars going airborne during preparation for the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

    Crew members work on the car of Ed Carpenter (20) during a practice session for an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. IndyCar is mandating the use of closure panels on the rear wheel guards for the remaining three super speedway races. The decision is in response to three cars going airborne during preparation for the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Will Power (1) of Australia prepares to participate in qualifying for the Firestone 600 IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Power earned the pole position for Saturday nights race. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

    Will Power (1) of Australia prepares to participate in qualifying for the Firestone 600 IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Power earned the pole position for Saturday nights race. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Will Power (1) of Australia poses with a rifle awarded to him after earning the pole position after qualifying for the Firestone 600 IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. The race is scheduled to run Saturday night. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

    Will Power (1) of Australia poses with a rifle awarded to him after earning the pole position after qualifying for the Firestone 600 IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 5, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. The race is scheduled to run Saturday night. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)  (The Associated Press)

Will Power is starting on the pole at Texas for the third year in a row, and three of his fellow Team Penske drivers are close to him.

Defending IndyCar Series champion Power had a two-lap average Friday of 218.519 mph, just ahead of Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud at 218.441 mph.

Helio Castroneves starts third, right behind Power's Chevrolet and ahead of fellow Penske driver Indianapolis 500 champ and season points leader Juan Pablo Montoya, who qualified fifth.

Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz qualified third in his Honda.

It is Power's fourth pole this year. He won the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Power finished second at Texas last year, and seventh in 2013. He won at the high-banked 1 ½-mile track in the fall of 2011, when he started third.