IndyCar Iowa: Will Power leads Penske front row lockout

Will Power took pole position for this weekend's IndyCar race at Iowa, while Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay managed to prevent a Penske one-two-three on the grid

IndyCar Iowa: Will Power leads Penske front row lockout

Josef Newgarden made it a provisional Penske lockout after 19 drivers had set a two-lap average on the Iowa oval, but his 181.161mph was only good enough for second on the grid.

That was because Power starred by becoming the only driver to hit a 182mph lap, doing so on both tours to set a pole speed average of 182.035mph.

Hunter-Reay was one of the final drivers to hit the track and displaced Simon Pagenaud for third by setting an average of 180.681mph, making him the only Honda-powered driver to break the 180mph benchmark.

Alexander Rossi was fifth for Andretti ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who was the last driver to qualify.

Robert Wickens said he did not expect to qualify inside the top 10 after his run put him seventh on the grid in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-run machine.

That put him ahead of Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter on the grid. Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Takuma Sato was 10th, comfortably the fastest driver in the early runs.

Those who hit the track first admitted to being stunned by how much the conditions had changed from Saturday's earlier practice session, meaning that lap speeds were surprisingly lower than in practice.

James Hinchcliffe was 11th in the second SPM-run machine, ahead of Graham Rahal and Tony Kanaan.

Sebastien Bourdais was 15th in his Dale Coyne entry, having clipped the outside wall on his second lap.

Marco Andretti was a disappointing 19th in a two-lap run that looked particularly loose.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 35.2913s
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2397s
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3340s
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4067s
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5083s
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5632s
7 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.6920s
8 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.7248s
9 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7255s
10 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7272s
11 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.7737s
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7873s
13 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8688s
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.9093s
15 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.9355s
16 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1849s
17 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2305s
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4463s
19 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1.5857s
20 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.6298s
21 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8194s
22 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 2.8585s


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