IndyCar: Iowa Race 2 starting lineup – Josef Newgarden takes pole

Josef Newgarden took his third pole position of the 2020 IndyCar season for the second race of the Iowa IndyCar 250s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway.

Only one driver has taken more than one pole position through the six qualifying sessions that have been held throughout the 14-race 2020 IndyCar season thus far, and that driver, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, has now taken three.

Newgarden took the pole position for the second race of the Iowa IndyCar 250s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway, a track where he is the two-time and reigning winner.

Qualifying for both of these races took place within one session in what was a unique format. Each driver completed two laps around the four-turn, 0.894-mile (1.439-kilometer) oval in Newton, Iowa, with the first lap counting for the first race’s starting lineup and the second lap counting for the second race’s starting lineup.

Newgarden’s second lap in his #1 Chevrolet topped the speed chart at 175.333 miles per hour (18.3559 seconds) and was the fastest overall lap of the qualifying session.

He is set to start alongside teammate Will Power in second place in his #12 Chevrolet, but Team Penske were unable to sweep the top three, as a fuel pressure issue prevented Simon Pagenaud from making a qualifying run in his #22 Chevrolet. As a result, he is set to start at the rear of the field in 23rd for both races.

Carlin’s Conor Daly was the highest qualifying non-Team Penske driver in third place in his #59 Chevrolet while Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was the highest qualifying Honda driver in fourth in his #28 Honda.

Three more Honda drivers are set to line up right behind Hunter-Reay with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s Colton Herta set to start in fifth place in his #88 Honda alongside Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey in sixth in his #60 Honda and ahead of Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou in seventh in his #55 Honda.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises’ Tony Kanaan and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist are set to round out the top 10 in eighth, ninth and 10th place in their #14 Chevrolet, #8 Honda and #10 Honda, respectively.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who leads the championship standings through four races of the season, had a very disappointing qualifying run and is set to start in 18th place in his #9 Honda.

Here is the full starting lineup for the second race of the Iowa IndyCar 250s at Iowa Speedway.

Starting Lineup
1st – Josef Newgarden
2nd – Will Power
3rd – Conor Daly
4th – Ryan Hunter-Reay
5th – Colton Herta
6th – Jack Harvey
7th – Alex Palou
8th – Tony Kanaan
9th – Marcus Ericsson
10th – Felix Rosenqvist
11th – Charlie Kimball
12th – Pato O’Ward
13th – Oliver Askew
14th – Ed Carpenter
15th – Rinus VeeKay
16th – Santino Ferrucci
17th – Marco Andretti
18th – Scott Dixon
19th – Graham Rahal
20th – Takuma Sato
21st – Alexander Rossi
22nd – Zach Veach
23rd – Simon Pagenaud

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Tune in to NBC Sports Network tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. ET for the live broadcast of the second race of the Iowa IndyCar 250s from Iowa Speedway. The first race is set to be broadcast live on the same channel at the same time this evening, and Conor Daly is set to start from the pole position.