Marco Andretti, taking a step toward rebounding from a dismal IndyCar season, won the pole position for Saturday night's season-ending race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Andretti's two-lap average of 216.069 mph on Friday put him in front for the MAVTV 500. It was the second pole of Andretti's career; the first came in 2008.
The son of former racer Michael Andretti, who now owns their Andretti Autosport team, Marco Andretti has struggled much of the year and is 17th in the Izod IndyCar Series standings.
Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske qualified second at 216.058 mph. Put another way, Briscoe covered the Fontana track's two miles in less than 33.5 seconds on each of his two laps.