INDIANAPOLIS - Kimi Raikkonen might not have to win the U.S. Grand Prix to remain in the chase for the Formula One championship.
It would help, though.
Raikkonen won the second pole of his career Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"Of course it's a much better position, but the race is long. I still think we have a good strategy for the race, and I'm pretty sure we should have a strong race," said Raikkonen, who qualified his McLaren Mercedes in 1 minute, 11.670 seconds, or 130.839 mph over the 2.605-mile course.
Defending race-winner Rubens Barrichello was second fastest at 130.612.
Five-time series champion Michael Schumacher, Barrichello's Ferrari teammate, leads Juan Pablo Montoya by three points and Raikkonen by seven with two races left.
Schumacher qualified at 129.888 mph for seventh, giving him his first nonpole start in the four years since the race returned to Indianapolis.
GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS: Adrian Fernandez won the pole for the CART race in Miami, edging Oriol Servia by less than .04 seconds for the fastest lap in qualifying.
It's the fourth pole in 177 career starts for Fernandez, who will start alongside Bruno Junqueira in the front row today on the narrow 1.15-mile temporary circuit.
"I think half of the battle is done once you qualify on pole, especially in tracks like this," Fernandez said. "Obviously pit stops will also be very important, especially when they're so tight. ... As long as we have good clean pit stops, I think the car is good enough to win the race."
NHRA NATIONALS: Doug Kalitta had the fastest Top Fuel run in series history during qualifying in Joliet, Ill. Kalitta's run of 4.428 seconds at 333.00 mph set a national record.
Whit Bazemore (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) led their categories.