Power on IndyCar pole in Iowa
Will Power has benefited from being last car out as he took his 48th IndyCar Series pole in qualifying for the Iowa 300.
Power denied JR Hildebrand his first IndyCar pole in the process, with a second row of Helio Castroneves and Ed Carpenter, meaning a Team Penske Chevrolet on the inside and an Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet on the outside of each of the first two rows.
Hildebrand had got around the 0.875mi tri-oval at an average speed of 183.811mph (295.815km/h) despite a wiggle between Turns 1 and 2, bouncing back from a practice crash in the morning to go fastest of the first 11 drivers.
Castroneves was the very next car our but fell just short (183.712mph, 295.656km/h), before Carpenter (183.503mph, 295.320km/h) assumed third-quickest behind those two with four cars left to make their qualifying runs.
Power was the last of the 21 drivers and set an average speed of 185.210mph (298.067km/h) during his two laps to collect pole number four of the season.
Takuma Sato was the fastest Honda, fifth for Andretti Autosport.
The two other Team Penske Chevrolets of Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden, and Chip Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon are much further back than they would have liked after being the first three out in qualifying.
Pagenaud is 11th, Newgarden 16th, and Dixon, the last-start winner and series leader, 17th.
Carlos Muñoz failed to set a time after hitting the wall during qualifying in his AJ Foyt Chevrolet.
The 300-lap Iowa Corn 300, the eleventh race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, starts tomorrow at 0740 AEST.
Qualifying: Iowa 300
|Pos||Driver||C/A/E/T||Lap 1||Lap 2||Total time|
|8||Ed Jones (R)||D/H/H/F||17.6351||17.6756||00:35.3107|
|18||Esteban Gutierrez (R)||D/H/H/F||18.0032||17.8785||00:35.8817|
|21||Carlos Munoz||D/C/C/F||No Time|
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone