Iowa IndyCar: Penske's Helio Castroneves takes pole position

Helio Castroneves ended Ganassi's early-weekend domination at Iowa by beating Tony Kanaan to pole position for tonight's IndyCar race

Iowa IndyCar: Penske's Helio Castroneves takes pole position

Castroneves was 18th in line to make his qualifying run, and reeled off a two-lap average of 183.480mph to defeat the 183.125mph effort set a few minutes earlier by Kanaan.

"The conditions changed a little bit," said Castroneves.

"Obviously the heat is the biggest factor, and we as a team [Penske] were able to find a good balance.

"The car was strong last week in Milwaukee, it's showing that it's very strong here as well, and I can't wait to start the race now."

While the temperature was certainly a factor, it was actually fractionally cooler than during Friday practice, although the heat index was still in the low-30s with a track temperature of around 55C.

Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start from third on the grid; a satisfying result for a driver who said that he hadn't placed a huge premium on qualifying.

"I just figured that anything in the top five would be OK," he surmised.

Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power rounded out the top six for a Penske/Ganassi lockout of the first three rows, while Marco Andretti took the honours for fastest Honda in eighth, where he will start alongside team-mate and last year's winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Last weekend's winner Sebastien Bourdais failed to set a time after the rear of his car snapped out and spun him up the track.

It was only a remarkable save from the Frenchman that kept the car from suffering anything more than a glancing blow against the outside wall.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 35.0817s -
2 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.1497s 0.0680s
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 35.2302s 0.1485s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.2978s 0.2161s
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 35.4397s 0.3580s
6 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 35.4400s 0.3583s
7 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.4905s 0.4088s
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 35.5465s 0.4648s
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 35.5934s 0.5117s
10 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.6296s 0.5479s
11 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 35.6806s 0.5989s
12 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 35.7442s 0.6625s
13 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 35.7803s 0.6986s
14 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 35.9603s 0.8786s
15 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 36.0740s 0.9923s
16 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 36.1674s 1.0857s
17 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 36.1909s 1.1092s
18 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 36.1975s 1.1158s
19 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 36.3852s 1.3035s
20 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 36.5196s 1.4379s
21 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 36.5199s 1.4382s
22 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 36.6118s 1.5301s
23 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 36.6419s 1.5602s
24 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet - -


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