Helio Castroneves wins pole but will start 11th at Iowa

Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves

Brazilian Helio Castroneves won the final 50-lap heat race to clinch pole position for the Iowa IndyCar race.

After starting from pole Castroneves won the third heat race to earn a crucial nine points to add to his series lead.

Australian Will Power surged his way into second place ahead of James Hinchcliffe. Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter were next.

Castroneves, however, will start the 250-lap race from 11th after being penalised 10 grid spots for an unapproved engine change to his Penske Chevrolet, handing the #1 starting spot to his Penske team-mate Power.

“We learned a lot today. Tomorrow is obviously a different ballgame. We have more traffic, it’s going to be a little bit hotter. There’s a lot of things going on,” Castroneves said.

Dixon and Graham Rahal won the first and second heats respectively.

Starting grid

1 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (1)
2 Will Power Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (2)
3 James Hinchcliffe Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (3)
4 Marco Andretti Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (4)
5 Scott Dixon Dallara-Honda Heat Race 3 (5)
6 Ed Carpenter Dalllara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (6)
7 Takuma Sato Dallara-Honda Heat Race 3 (7)
8 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (8)
9 Graham Rahal Dallara-Honda Heat Race 3 (9)
10 Oriol Servia Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 3 (10)
11  Simon Pagenaud Dallara-Honda Heat Race 2 (3)
12 Alex Tagliani Dallara-Honda Heaat Race 1 (3)
13 Justin Wilson Dallara-Honda Heat Race 2 (4)
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 1 (4)
15 Tristan Vautier Dallara-Honda Heat Race 2 (5)
16 Josef Newgarden Dallara-Honda Heat Race 1 (5)
17 Charlie Kimball Dallara-Honda Heat Race 2 (6)
18 Ana Beatriz Dallara-Honda Heat Race 1 (6)
19 EJ Viso Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 2 (7)
20 Sebastian Saavedra Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 1 (7)
21 James Jakes Dallara-Honda Heat Race 2 (8)
22 Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy Heat Race 1 (8)
23 Simona De Silvestro Dallara-Chevy  Heat Race 2 (9)
24 Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda Heat Race 1 (9)

*Brackets denotes heat starting position

**Castroneves will start from 11th with Power to start from P1

 

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