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IndyCar leader Juan Pablo Montoya starts 19th at Pocono; title contender Castroneves wins pole

  • Scott Dixon, of New Zealand (9) waits as crew members work on his race car during practice for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Scott Dixon, of New Zealand (9) waits as crew members work on his race car during practice for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, stands on pit road during practice for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race , Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

    Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, stands on pit road during practice for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race , Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, drives through Turn 3 during a practice session for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race , Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

    Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, drives through Turn 3 during a practice session for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race , Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)  (The Associated Press)

IndyCar points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start 19th at Pocono Raceway and Graham Rahal qualified fifth as he tries to trim a nine-point deficit.

Helio Castroneves won the pole Saturday at 220.530 mph, a strong push toward yet another drive at his first career championship with two races left in the season. Castroneves is in fourth place, 58 points behind Montoya.

Montoya, the Indianapolis 500 winner, won Pocono from the pole last season.

Just 34 points out in third place, Scott Dixon starts 11th.

Montoya seemed as if he was headed toward a runaway championship after eight straight top-10 finishes. But he finished 24th and 11th in the last two races.

The IndyCar championship will be decided Aug. 30 in the season finale on the road course at Sonoma.