Power sweeps both pole positions for IndyCar’s Iowa double-header


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In one morning, Will Power collected two pole positions in Iowa. Power will start up front for today’s 250 mile IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway and then he’ll start on pole again in tomorrow’s 300 mile race.

The qualifying format for IndyCar’s return to Iowa Speedway after a one-year hiatus was simple: Each driver’s first lap would set the grid order for the 250 mile race, and the second lap would determine the grid for the 300 mile race.

Power was the only driver to surpass an average lap speed of 178 mph during qualifying, with a first lap average of 178.199 mph (286.783 km/h), and a second lap of 178.013 mph (286.404 km/h).

Team Penske locked out the front row for both Iowa races as Josef Newgarden put together a consistent two-lap run and was second-fastest across both laps.

Conor Daly held provisional pole for race one until Newgarden and Power surpassed him, but the Ed Carpenter Racing driver will take third on the grid for the 250 mile race, and fourth in Sunday’s 300 mile event.

Daly will share tomorrow’s second row with Colton Herta, who had a tough time getting up to speed on his first lap and only qualified 17th for today’s race. However, Herta enjoyed a much better run on his second lap, good enough for third on the grid on Sunday.

The rest of the top ten for race one today includes Pato O’Ward, Scott McLaughlin, rookie David Malukas, Jack Harvey, Rinus VeeKay, Takuma Sato, and Romain Grosjean in that order.

For race two, positions five to ten are occupied by Sato, McLaughlin, Harvey, O’Ward, VeeKay, and Felix Rosenqvist in tenth.

The four car fleet of Chip Ganassi Racing did not perform as expected during qualifying. IndyCar championship leader Marcus Ericsson was their highest qualifier for race one, in 12th. Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou qualified 12th for race two.

The green flag for the Iowa 250 is scheduled for tonight at 21:00 BST / 16:00 EDT.

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Iowa 250 qualifying results

112Will PowerPenskeChevrolet
22Josef NewgardenPenskeChevrolet
320Conor DalyCarpenterChevrolet
45Pato O’WardMcLaren SPChevrolet
53Scott McLaughlinPenskeChevrolet
618David MalukasCoyne/HMDHonda
745Jack HarveyRLLHonda
821Rinus VeeKayCarpenterChevrolet
951Takuma SatoCoyne/RWRHonda
1028Romain GrosjeanAndrettiHonda
117Felix RosenqvistMcLaren SPChevrolet
128Marcus EricssonGanassiHonda
139Scott DixonGanassiHonda
1410Alex PalouGanassiHonda
1548Jimmie JohnsonGanassiHonda
1615Graham RahalRLLHonda
1726Colton HertaAndrettiHonda
1829Devlin DeFrancescoAndretti SteinbrennerHonda
1927Alexander RossiAndrettiHonda
2030Christian LundgaardRLLHonda
2160Simon PagenaudMeyer ShankHonda
2277Callum IlottJuncos HollingerChevrolet
2333Ed CarpenterCarpenterChevrolet
2414Kyle KirkwoodFoytChevrolet
256Helio CastronevesMeyer ShankHonda
264Dalton KellettFoytChevrolet

Iowa 300 qualifying results

112Will PowerPenskeChevrolet
22Josef NewgardenPenskeChevrolet
326Colton HertaAndrettiHonda
420Conor DalyCarpenterChevrolet
551Takuma SatoCoyne/RWRHonda
63Scott McLaughlinPenskeChevrolet
745Jack HarveyRLLHonda
85Pato O’WardMcLaren SPChevrolet
921Rinus VeeKayCarpenterChevrolet
107Felix RosenqvistMcLaren SPChevrolet
1128Romain GrosjeanAndrettiHonda
1210Alex PalouGanassiHonda
1348Jimmie JohnsonGanassiHonda
1418David MalukasCoyne/HMDHonda
158Marcus EricssonGanassiHonda
1660Simon PagenaudMeyer ShankHonda
1730Christian LundgaardRLLHonda
189Scott DixonGanassiHonda
1933Ed CarpenterCarpenterChevrolet
2014Kyle KirkwoodFoytChevrolet
2127Alexander RossiAndrettiHonda
2277Callum IlottJuncos HollingerChevrolet
2315Graham RahalRLLHonda
246Helio CastronevesMeyer ShankHonda
2529Devlin DeFrancescoAndretti SteinbrennerHonda
264Dalton KellettFoytChevrolet


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3 comments on “Power sweeps both pole positions for IndyCar’s Iowa double-header”

  1. Takuma Sato and Romain Grosjean at the same row in Iowa race 1…

  2. 17th from Herta? He’s the next big thing at McLaren?

    1. Way to take one data point about a subject you know nothing about, and extrapolate it to a ridiculous conclusion. Shhhhh

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