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Dixon claims top spot for Iowa IndyCar 300

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Saturday 12th July, 2014 - 9:53am

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Scott Dixon will start from pole for the Iowa Corn 300

Scott Dixon will start from pole for the Iowa Corn 300

Defending series champion Scott Dixon has blitzed the field to win pole for the Iowa Corn IndyCar 300.

With rain interrupting the practice and qualifying schedule, Dixon scorched to the fastest two-lap average qualifying in 186.256mph (299.75km/h).

The Chip Ganassi driver established a new two-lap record for the track as team-mate Tony Kanaan will start from second after two-lap average of 185.891mph (299.16km/h).

Penske’s Helio Castroneves has claimed third ahead of the rapidly improving Ryan Briscoe in the Ganassi-prepared NTT Data car.

The first man to go out in the revised qualifying schedule, Will Power realised a two-lap average of 184.683mph (297.22km/h) and will start from ninth.

“I had a big moment, which ruined that (first) lap, and was worried if the car was going to stick,” Power said.

“I made some adjustments on the second lap and it was not bad.”

Power’s Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, who had set the fastest time in the second practice run, will start from 19th.

Championship hopeful Simon Pagenaud was 11th fastest, just behind the oval specialist Ed Carpenter.

Power and Castroneves go into tomorrow’s race locked on 446 points at the top of the IndyCar standings.

See below for full qualifying results

*new two-lap average qualifying speed

1

Scott Dixon

34.5588s

186.256mph*

2

Tony Kanaan

34.6267

185.891

3

Helio Castroneves

34.6651

185.685

4

Ryan Briscoe

34.7299

185.339

5

Carlos Munoz (R)

34.7885

185.027

6

Sebastien Bourdais

34.7995

184.968

7

Charlie Kimball

34.8420

184.743

8

Marco Andretti

34.8451

184.726

9

Will Power

34.8533

184.683

10

Ed Carpenter

34.8710

184.589

11

Simon Pagenaud

34.9106

184.380

12

Mikhail Aleshin (R)

34.9226

184.316

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

35.0308

183.747

14

James Hinchcliffe

35.1070

183.348

15

Graham Rahal

35.1351

183.201

16

Takuma Sato

35.1567

183.089

17

Sebastian Saavedra

35.1578

183.083

18

Justin Wilson

35.2788

182.455

19

Juan Pablo Montoya

35.3055

182.317

20

Jack Hawksworth (R)

35.5148

181.243

21

Josef Newgarden

35.5649

180.987

22

Carlos Huertas (R)

36.1926

177.849

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