Castroneves benefits from Power to sit on Iowa pole

Helio Castroneves will lead the IndyCar Series field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon without turning a single lap in qualifying. In fact, the jet-dryers turned more laps in today's qualifying session than any driver. Add to the fact that...

Helio Castroneves will lead the IndyCar Series field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon without turning a single lap in qualifying. In fact, the jet-dryers turned more laps in today's qualifying session than any driver. Add to the fact that the Brazilian is not the current leader in the championship points battle.

When the 2009 season started, Will Power was in the cockpit of the Team Penske No. 3 Dallara Honda and today, the Indianapolis 500 winner who took back his seat at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, benefited by the driving skills of the Aussie.

Castroneves will start the Iowa Corn Indy 500 on Sunday from the pole position. Qualifying was scratched due to the weepers discovered on the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway during the Indy Lights qualifying. The pesky "weepers" are the areas on a track where water seeps through the seams after a rain storm even after jets are used to dry the track surface.

Indy Racing League officials set the starting lineup based on Owner/Entrant Points, meaning that the actual points leader will not inherit the pole. Power and Castroneves had amassed a total of 214 points in the Team Penske No. 3 car. Ryan Briscoe has 199. Ironically, Briscoe drives the No. 6 Penske team car.

"Those points definitely kept me in the front of the pits and now gave me the pole position at Iowa," said Castroneves. "Unfortunately for the fans, they didn't get to see the excitement of qualifying. Fortunately, I ended up getting a great situation here with a good starting position. Now that we have a Team Penske front row, we'll go for the win."

Chip Ganassi Racing's duo holds down the second row with defending series title holder Scott Dixon in the No. 9 car with 196 points. Teammate Dario Franchitti in th No. 10 has 188 points in his return to th series this yar. Th Scotsman is th IndyCar 2007 champion.

With 167 pints, Danica Patrick driving the No. 7 Andretti Green Racing entry will start fifth with another past IndyCar champion, Dan Wheldon, slotting 6th on the grid in the No. 4 Panther Racing Dallara with 152 points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Will Power , Danica Patrick
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing