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IndyCar Iowa: Daly scores his and Carlin's maiden pole for Race 1

Conor Daly scored a maiden IndyCar Series pole position in qualifying for the first race at Iowa, with reigning champion Josef Newgarden on pole for the second race

Carlin driver Daly, who had never previously qualified inside the top 10 on an oval circuit, also took the team's first pole position since its arrival in Indycar in 2018.

The 28-year-old was the early pace-setter in a rejigged qualifying format, where a driver's first green flag lap counted for grid positions for Friday night's opening race, and their second forming the line-up for Saturday's second encounter.

Chevrolet-powered Daly was the ninth car of 22 to take to the 0.8-mile oval circuit, and was the first driver to break the 175mph barrier.

Newgarden and his Team Penske team-mate Will Power came closest to usurping Daly's 18.37s, but fell just short - Newgarden by 0.008s.

The Carlin driver slowed slightly on his second fast lap, to 174.9mph, with Newgarden recording the fastest lap of the entire session at 175.3mph - 18.35s - to snatch pole for the second race by 0.040s from Power and Daly.

Colton Herta, racing for the Andretti affiliated Harding Steinbrenner squad claimed fourth for both races - lapping in 18.41s and 18.55s, respectively.

After a poor start to the 2020 campaign, Alexander Rossi qualified a strong fifth for the first race - the Andretti Honda driver the early pacesetter with his 18.68s lap-time, before Daly stormed to pole.

The 2016 Indy 500 winner could not keep up that pace however for the second lap, falling to a 19.08s time and 21st on the grid for the second race.

Championship leader Scott Dixon endured a difficult session for Chip Ganassi Racing, his #9 machine struggling with understeer throughout its time on track.

Dixon could only manage 17th for the first race, with oval specialist Ed Carpenter and rookie Alex Palou either side of him, and fared even worse on his second lap, securing 18th, sandwiched by Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal.

Simon Pagenaud will start both races last after the #2 Penske suffered a fuel pressure issue just as it was about to start its qualifying run.

Pagenaud was due to be the third last car to record his times, but the issue struck just as he was given the go-ahead to start his run, with race director Kyle Novak waving Pagenaud's attempts to get going off, and pulling the car out of line.

Iowa Race 1 grid

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Conor Daly Carlin 18.3711s -
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 18.3796s 0.0085s
3 Will Power Team Penske 18.4112s 0.0401s
4 Colton Herta Andretti Harding 18.4120s 0.0409s
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 18.6831s 0.3120s
6 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan 18.6975s 0.3264s
7 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 18.7048s 0.3337s
8 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 18.7534s 0.3823s
9 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 18.7540s 0.3829s
10 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 18.7666s 0.3955s
11 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 18.7837s 0.4126s
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 18.7905s 0.4194s
13 Rinus Van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing 18.8205s 0.4494s
14 Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP 18.8344s 0.4633s
15 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.8412s 0.4701s
16 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 18.8584s 0.4873s
17 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 18.8631s 0.4920s
18 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing 18.8768s 0.5057s
19 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.8782s 0.5071s
20 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 18.9951s 0.6240s
21 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan 19.1109s 0.7398s
22 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 19.4520s 1.0809s
23 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske - -

Iowa Race 2 grid

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 18.3559s -
2 Will Power Team Penske 18.3883s 0.0324s
3 Conor Daly Carlin 18.3951s 0.0392s
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 18.4705s 0.1146s
5 Colton Herta Andretti Harding 18.5566s 0.2007s
6 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 18.6549s 0.2990s
7 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing 18.6702s 0.3143s
8 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.7297s 0.3738s
9 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 18.7495s 0.3936s
10 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 18.7841s 0.4282s
11 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.7888s 0.4329s
12 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 18.8102s 0.4543s
13 Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP 18.8244s 0.4685s
14 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 18.8434s 0.4875s
15 Rinus Van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing 18.8681s 0.5122s
16 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 18.8818s 0.5259s
17 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 18.8970s 0.5411s
18 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 18.9841s 0.6282s
19 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan 19.0136s 0.6577s
20 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan 19.0242s 0.6683s
21 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 19.0846s 0.7287s
22 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 19.9487s 1.5928s
23 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske - -


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