Climbing higher in the Indy car record book, Will Power collected his 52nd career pole at Iowa Speedway to move within one of tying A.J. Foyt for second on the all-time list.
- Results: 2018 Iowa Corn 300 Qualifying
Power was the 18th driver to make his qualifying run on the short oval out of 22 due to his current position in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. With a two-lap average of 182.391 mph, the Australian knocked teammate Simon Pagenaud off the provisional pole with four drivers yet to qualify.
Fellow Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden, who qualified immediately after Power, proved to be the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner’s stiffest competition. Newgarden’s 181.160 mph two-lap average was good enough for second on the speed chart but lagged 1.231 mph behind Power’s pace.
Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon were the last three drivers to take shots at unseating Power. Hunter-Reay came closest to swiping the top spot with a 180.681 mph two-lap average, placing him on the outside of Row 2. Rossi and Dixon both qualified to the third row with Rossi 0.275 mph quicker than Dixon.
Unbeaten by his championship rivals, Power secured his third Iowa Speedway pole and 10th on an oval. The effort also marked Penske’s fourth consecutive pole at the 7/8-mile oval and seventh overall. Emphasizing his qualifying prowess, Power has started in the top 10 in 21 consecutive races.
Behind the wheel of his bright yellow Menards-liveried car, Pagenaud’s 180.313 mph average held on for a start from the outside of Row 2. Robert Wickens and Ed Jones qualified to the fourth row while Ed Carpenter and Takuma Sato will share Row 5.
Driving gingerly after his earlier practice crash, AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist qualified with a 168.724 mph two-lap average, joining Carlin’s Max Chilton on the last row.
The 22-car field will take the green flag Sunday at 1:40 p.m. CDT for the 12th running of the Iowa Corn 300.