Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda will start Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway from eighth place on the grid with a two lap qualifying average of 182.290MPH as he continues to impress in his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series career.
Speaking following the session, Jones commented by saying:
It was a good qualifying session. The track changed a lot from the morning practice so it was very difficult to drive out there. I think a lot of people struggled but the engineers did a good job deciding what to do with the car and we were able to end up eighth. Now we just need to make some changes to make the car competitive for the race run and hopefully we can get another good result. (How difficult is it to go out and qualify here with such short laps) You just have to rehearse it in your mind before you go out there so you know exactly what to do because it happens so quickly. It’s a lot of fun, you come out and your shaking a bit because it’s pretty extreme.
In his first ever oval qualifying session, Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda will start the Iowa Corn 300 from 18th place just behind series points leader Scott Dixon having set a two lap average speed of 179.389MPH.
Speaking following the session, the Mexican commented by saying:
It was exciting. I really enjoy the format because you go out there and you have to put everything in just two laps. It was a nice experience. Obviously I was finding my way through the run with all the tools in the car. I hope that my experience here can take me further on for the race tomorrow and the next oval as well.