Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud will start Sunday afternoon’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from pole position ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden who put concerns about his injuries behind him as the American in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet starts the race alongside Pagenaud on the front row.
Helio Castroneves will start the race from third place in the No.3 Hitachi Penske Chevrolet. It was a fantastic session for Max Chilton who won here last year in Indy Lights as the Englishman who drives the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing starts the race from fourth place just ahead of his team mate Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet starts the race from 6th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet.
Will Power who won last time out in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from 8th place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin while reigning series champion Scott Dixon rounds out the top ten in the No.9 Target Chevrolet.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 DevilBliss Chevrolet starts the race from just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of Graham Rahal in the No.15 MiJack RLL Honda. Speaking following the session Rahal stated:
This Mi-Jack team is going to continue to work hard. We wanted to be the fastest Honda but ended up second fastest. For whatever reason we struggled in a little in Turns 3 and 4 but overall that was a decent qualifying run. We got a little conservative maybe on downforce. I told our guys that I thought if we were a little more trim (on aerodynamic setup) and the balance was right, we could go quicker. We didn’t have a good practice this morning and didn’t get a good read on our qualifying simulation. It’s hard as a single car team; we’re kind of guessing. Race day is a whole different animal. We’re going to do our best to get this car to the front
AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Honda and Jack Hawkswoth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co Honda start the race from 13th and 14th place respectively. Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda was the leading car of the Andretti Autosport stable with the Colombian starting the race from 15th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
That was a really hard qualifying for sure. We’re missing a little bit of balance in general. We have to work hard tonight. That wasn’t the qualifying we were hoping for – we were hoping for a little bit better. You know, last year we started similar to this place and we finished fifth, so we will see where it goes tomorrow.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet starts the race from 16th place on the grid and admitting after qualifying that the team had been too optimistic with their down-force levels heading into the session. The Frenchman stated:
We were too optimistic with the downforce level given the track conditions with the track temp going up. I was sliding all over the place. The balance was good on the Hydroxycut Chevy machine. I just had no grip. We trimmed a little more than where we were this morning, we went for it, but it was not a smart move. It is what it is
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda was left frustrated as he will start the race from 17th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
That was tough. The track warmed up quite a bit from practice where I was happy with the car and that penalized us. We need to go back and make sure that’s the reason because tomorrow afternoon will be just as hot. We have some thinking to do.
Gabby Chaves in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda will start the race from 18th place for Dale Coyne Racing and speaking following the session he stated:
I think we had a really good balance at the end of our run in practice. Obviously, we had a little too much drag on the car so we took that off for qualifying and the balance was a little different and I think that’s what kept us from being higher up. We had pretty good pace, if we were just able to keep the car flat all around the lap, I think we would have been right up there with the fastest of Hondas. That’s how we learn I guess. It’s definitely encouraging for tomorrow. We took some big steps here.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda starts the race from 19th place just ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda and speaking following qualifying Hunter Reay commented by saying:
This morning we were doing a simulation run for qualifying, and had a car come out in front of me in the middle of the corner. I just lost it, the rear end came around and we couldn’t keep it off the wall. Luckily the DHL crew got us back out before the end of the session, but we lost a little time. We were hoping for more in qualifying. The car just got loose on me out there, a big push, everything. I was doing everything I could to keep off the wall. It’s something we just have to keep working hard at
Andretti commented by saying:
I think if I would’ve turned down in the bumps in (Turns) 3 and 4 during qualifying, it would’ve been a repeat of this morning (when the No. 27 car spun). We can’t get a handle on the back end right now, we’re just so loose. It has definitely been a trying few days here – both the test and today.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group Honda will start the race from 21st place and speaking following the session he stated:
For us we were just taking a big swing at it to be honest. We had a lot of downforce in practice but for qualifying we trimmed it out. We definitely took a chance. I think we were a little bit forward on the front grip so it was a little sketchy on the way in which was keeping us from being flat. That said, overall I think we’re much better than when we tested here and that was our goal in the end. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe the No.5 Arrow Honda had a miserable qualifying as there was an issue with the car and as a result he will start the race from 22nd place.