Qualifying rained out, Iowa field set by points

Rain cancelled qualifying for the Sunday (June 22nd) IndyCar Iowa Corn 225, mandating the grid be set by championship points for tomorrow's 12:30 PM CDT start. As a result Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves...

Rain cancelled qualifying for the Sunday (June 22nd) IndyCar Iowa Corn 225, mandating the grid be set by championship points for tomorrow's 12:30 PM CDT start.

As a result Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves will lead the twenty-three car field to the green flag at Iowa Speedway for the second consecutive year.

Row two will be set with Dan Wheldon and Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan. Ryan Briscoe starts on the inside of row three alongside Danica Patrick.

Two IndyCar Series regulars will not make the race after crashing out of practice today. Marty Roth and Bruno Junqueira elected to cut their losses after both suffered significant damage to their Dallara/Honda machines and withdrew from the race.

Junqueira's incident also involved Wheldon's primary No. 10 car, forcing the latter into his backup for tomorrow's race.

Milka Duno will also take the green flag in her backup car.

Of the day's surprises was a lightning-quick Hideki Mutoh who posted the day's best lap on the 7/8-mile oval in 17.4023 seconds, or 184.941 mph. Mutoh will start seventh in the race.

In other news, the Indy Racing League is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the return of items stolen from its 'Indy Fan Zone' semi-trailier exhibit last Wednesday morning in Indianapolis.

Chief among the items the IRL wishes to see returned are six racing helmets belong to drivers including Sarah Fisher, Dan Wheldon and Helio Castroneves that carry especial sentimental to the racers personally.

Fans with information can contact the League through allanb@motorsport.com or albrew@comcast.net.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Sarah Fisher , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Marty Roth , Chip Ganassi , Hideki Mutoh
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing