Will Power will lead the field to green in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. Power's fourth pole of the season is Team Penske's seventh consecutive, an IndyCar Series record.
This is Power's first pole at Iowa Speedway and his first on oval. He started on the pole at Barber Motorsports Park, St. Petersburg and Long Beach. "I am very happy to get my first pole on an oval," said Power, who heads into Sunday's race three points behind series leader Dario Franchitti.
"We have been right there the past few races, but I have had some funny things go wrong and a little bit of bad luck," added Power. Power leads the road/street course point standings 172-130 over his teammate Helio Castroneves.
Scott Dixon will start second after missing Power's mark by 0.002 of a second, the closest margin since the IZOD IndyCar Series went to four lap qualifying in 2008. "We barely missed it," said Dixon. "We will try to improve even more for tomorrow and hopefully get some points for the championship."
Dixon is third in the championship standings, 11 points out of the lead.
Marco Andretti turned in his best qualifying effort of the season and will start third. "We have to be happy to have the Venom car starting third," said Andretti. "We're in a good position for tomorrow and it can definitely be done form third."
Team Penske drivers will start first, fourth and eighth, with Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe starting fourth and eighth, respectively. Both drivers thought they missed their qualifying setup a bit. After congratulating his teammate for his first pole on an oval, Castroneves said, "Now we all have to work together as a team so that we can go out there tomorrow and accomplish our goal of getting the first win for Team Penske in Iowa."
Points leader Dario Franchitti, who has earned two victories at Iowa, will start fifth.
Alex Tagliani will start sixth followed by Takuma Sato and Danica Patrick. Dan Wheldon rounds out the top ten. Wheldon said he was surprised by his speed because, "I thought we would be quicker than that."
Wheldon was able to easily slice through traffic during practice and should be good for the race. "The car was really stable," he said. "Our racecar is much better than the position we qualified."