Iowa IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Penske domination in qualifying

With the only two-lap average to break the 180mph barrier, Pagenaud scored his third pole of the IndyCar season at Iowa, leading Team Penske-Chevrolet teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden.

Iowa IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Penske domination in qualifying

Pagenaud lapped the 0.894-mile oval Iowa Speedway in 17.8479 and 17.8976sec (180.324 and 179.823mph respectively) to beat Power’s two-lap average by 0.0963sec and claim his second pole position at the venue.

Newgarden’s first lap was quicker than Power’s first, but his second dropped the championship leader to third. He’ll be joined on the second row by Takuma Sato in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda produced its best qualifying performance of the season, defending Iowa winner James Hinchcliffe clocking fifth-fastest with Marcus Ericsson top rookie with 10th-fastest.

In between them lie Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport-Honda), Graham Rahal in the second RLLR machine, Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda) who has yet to win at this track and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) who has three Iowa wins to his name.

Rookies Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) and Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing) will occupy the sixth row, just ahead of 2010 Iowa winner Tony Kanaan, who gave AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet its most promising quali run of the season.

Sage Karam, making his second start for Carlin Racing-Chevy and his third of the season, was an impressive 14th-fastest.

Final practice will commence at 6pm local (Central) time, an hour long session devised to give teams and drivers a chance to simulate raceday running.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 35.7455 180.073
2 12 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 35.8418 0.0963 179.589
3 2 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 35.8699 0.1244 179.449
4 30 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 36.2338 0.4883 177.646
5 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 36.5312 0.7857 176.200
6 27 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 36.5609 0.8154 176.057
7 15 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 36.6024 0.8569 175.857
8 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 36.6300 0.8845 175.725
9 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 36.6522 0.9067 175.618
10 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 36.6607 0.9152 175.578
11 88 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 36.7091 0.9636 175.346
12 19 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 36.7155 0.9700 175.316
13 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36.8136 1.0681 174.848
14 31 United States Sage Karam
Carlin 36.9246 1.1791 174.323
15 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 36.9428 1.1973 174.237
16 59 United States Conor Daly
Carlin 37.0278 1.2823 173.837
17 20 United States Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Racing 37.0911 1.3456 173.540
18 98 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 37.1974 1.4519 173.044
19 21 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 37.4688 1.7233 171.791
20 26 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 37.5049 1.7594 171.626
21 18 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 37.5564 1.8109 171.390
22 4 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 38.5123 2.7668 167.136
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