SONOMA, Calif. (AP) â€” Will Power and Helio Castroneves both have been tantalizingly close to IndyCar series championships in recent years, only to miss out each time.
The teammates are atop the standings again with just two races to go, and Penske Racing president Tim Cindric cautiously anticipates Team Penske’s first title since 2006.
Power takes a 39-point lead over Castroneves into the penultimate race of the IndyCar season Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, where Power has utterly dominated the last four seasons.
The Australian is in prime position to claim his first series title, but still needs a strong showing at Sonoma and in the double-points season finale at Fontana.
Penske won’t pave the path for Power, however. Cindric says Castroneves and fifth-place Juan Pablo Montoya will race to win in wine country.