Power Grabs Iowa Pole ahead of Hildebrand

Will Power took pole position at Iowa Speedway - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Will Power was the final driver to take to the track for qualifying at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, but the Australian saved the best for last to take a dominant Pole Position.

The Team Penske driver took a fourth pole position of the season around the 0.875-mile oval with a time of 34.7541s to deny JR Hildebrand his maiden pole by 0.2644 seconds.

Hildebrand had earlier set a time of 35.0185s to hit the top, but the Ed Carpenter Racing driver will be forced to start on the outside of the front row following Power’s pole-stealing run. However, after crashing during practice earlier in the day, the American will not be grumbling about his first career front row start.

Helio Castroneves will line-up third on the grid for Team Penske, with the veteran Brazilian ending up 0.2833 second back on Power, while Ed Carpenter, Hildebrand’s team-mate and team boss, will start fourth.

Takuma Sato was the best placed of the Andretti Autosport quartet in fifth, but his team-mates were all outside the top ten – Alexander Rossi twelfth, Ryan Hunter-Reay fifteenth and Marco Andretti a disappointing twentieth.

Mikhail Aleshin will start sixth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan, while rookie Ed Jones was an impressive eighth for Dale Coyne Racing ahead of James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.

Championship leader Scott Dixon will start down in seventeenth, just behind defending race winner Josef Newgarden, while Carlos Muñoz will start at the back of the field after crashing his AJ Foyt Racing machine at turn two during his run.

Iowa Speedway Qualifying Result

112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske34.7541
221JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing35.0185
33Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske35.0374
420Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing35.0774
526Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport35.2405
67Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports35.2791
710Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing35.2906
819Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing35.3107
95James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports35.5257
1015Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing35.5353
111Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske35.5355
1298Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport35.5357
138Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing35.5768
1483Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing35.5893
1528Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport35.6183
162Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske35.6920
179Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing35.7002
1818Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing35.8817
194Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises36.0376
2027Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport37.4865
2114Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt EnterprisesNo Time