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Pagenaud edges Power to pole in Iowa

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Saturday 20th July, 2019 - 8:44am

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Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud has edged Will Power to pole in a Team Penske sweep of the top three in qualifying for the Iowa 300.

Pagenaud was the only driver who would set a two-lap average of over 180mph, despite a wiggle through Turn 3 on his first lap in the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet.

The pole is the Frenchman’s second straight and third of the 2019 IndyCar Series as he went just under a tenth of a second quicker than Power across the two laps.

Power had been fastest until Pagenaud’s run, setting a two-lap total of 35.8418s at an average 179.589mph (289.020km/h) around the seven-eighths of a mile speedway.

Despite earning a front row start in the #12 Chevrolet, the Queenslander was not especially impressed.

“Is it any surprise that I’m second? Is it any surprise?” he laughed.

“It isn’t for me. That’s just this year. No, (the run) was actually pretty good. The car was good. All three (Penske) cars were good.”

Josef Newgarden was last driver on track and in fact bettered Power’s first lap but not his second, meaning the #2 Chevrolet will start third.

Best of the Honda drivers was Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato, who was significantly faster than anyone before him at the time before Car #30 settled in fourth on the grid.

The next four rows are Honda lockouts with James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport) sharing Row 3 with Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport), while Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing) qualified eighth.

There will be another practice session on Friday night (local time) before the 300-lap race is scheduled to start on Sunday at 0910 AEST (Saturday night local time).

Starting grid: Iowa

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Lap 1 Lap 2 Total time Avg speed
mph km/h
1 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 17.8479 17.8976 35.7455 180.073 289.799
2 12 Will Power D/C/F 17.9254 17.9164 35.8418 179.589 289.020
3 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 17.8886 17.9813 35.8699 179.449 288.795
4 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 17.9605 18.2733 36.2338 177.646 285.894
5 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 18.1780 18.3532 36.5312 176.200 283.566
6 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 18.2530 18.3079 36.5609 176.057 283.336
7 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 18.3540 18.2484 36.6024 175.857 283.014
8 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 18.3343 18.2957 36.6300 175.725 282.802
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 18.3063 18.3459 36.6522 175.618 282.630
10 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 18.3582 18.3025 36.6607 175.578 282.565
11 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 18.3381 18.3710 36.7091 175.346 282.192
12 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 18.3977 18.3178 36.7155 175.316 282.144
13 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 18.3081 18.5055 36.8136 174.848 281.391
14 31 Sage Karam D/C/F 18.5027 18.4219 36.9246 174.323 280.546
15 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 18.3883 18.5545 36.9428 174.237 280.407
16 59 Conor Daly D/C/F 18.5098 18.5180 37.0278 173.837 279.764
17 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 18.5000 18.5911 37.0911 173.540 279.286
18 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 18.4927 18.7047 37.1974 173.044 278.487
19 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 18.5621 18.9067 37.4688 171.791 276.471
20 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 18.6744 18.8305 37.5049 171.626 276.205
21 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 18.7006 18.8558 37.5564 171.390 275.825
22 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 19.0247 19.4876 38.5123 167.136 268.979

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

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