IRL: Dixon wins Iowa pole for Sunday contest

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon won the pole for Sunday's Indy Racing League IndyCar Iowa Corn 250 with a best lap of 182.360 mph on the 0.894 mile short oval of Iowa Speedway. "The run went very well," he said. "I haven't been on pole in...

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon won the pole for Sunday's Indy Racing League IndyCar Iowa Corn 250 with a best lap of 182.360 mph on the 0.894 mile short oval of Iowa Speedway.

"The run went very well," he said. "I haven't been on pole in quite some time, so it's good to see that turn around."

Dixon last won the inside front row position at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California on August 27, 2006 in the season's pentultimate contest.

"We knew we had a good car, but maybe not a car to win pole. After I saw the first lap I said 'Hey, this thing is pretty quick!'" The car seemed to be a little edgy in three, but we worked on it and it was very good at the end."

"Hopefully, we'll still be there tomorrow," he continued, speaking of the difficult challenge he and the rest of the field will face on this tight little oval with close-radius turns that will generate nearly 5 times the force of gravity on the drivers' necks and shoulders.

Alongside Dixon on the front row sits Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, whose lap of 182.272 mph was good enough for second spot on the grid when the race takes the green flag at 12 Noon CDT.

"It was an interesting day," he said. "The track was kind of slick after the Pro Series race. It didn't seem to be the same as when we finished the earlier practice session."

"Two times I thought about aborting my life, but I just kept going. I just held my breath for seventeen seconds and that's what I did!"

"Starting position doesn't mean very much, because the track is so small and the banking helps everyone go flat out. We just have to respect each other and we can all run side-by-side and three-wide here."

Starting on the inside of the second row is Andretti/Green's Dario Franchitti (182.043 mph), with Scott Sharp to his right on the outside of the row. Sharp turned in another great qualifying effort with a speed of 181.713 miles per hour in the green Patron Tequila machine.

Ed Carpenter (181.644 mph) and Jeff Simmons (181.527 mph) constitute the third row; while Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish, Jr will start in the seventh and eighth spots on the track when the green flag waves.

Dan Wheldon and AJ Foyt IV hold down positions number nine and number ten.

Danica Patrick was eleventh-quickest on the afternoon session which ran following the Indy Pro Series event won by Alex Lloyd (see separate article).

Milka Duno was the slowest, with a speed of 175.227 mph, and that time puts her more than seven miles per hour slower than Dixon.

A paid attendance in excess of sixteen thousand fans filled the stands at this jewel of a facility on the rolling Iowa cornfields.

Cloud skies kept temperatures slightly on the cool side with the mercury barely breaking seventy today over the plains.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jeff Simmons , Chip Ganassi , Alex Lloyd , Danica Patrick , Ed Carpenter , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing