Helio Castroneves earns pole for Iowa Corn 300 (VIDEO)


A week after starting last at Milwaukee, Helio Castroneves earned his third Verizon P1 Award of 2015, claiming it for the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway with an average speed of 183.480 mph.

Team Penske’s monopoly on the pole position took a hiatus at Milwaukee, but Castroneves’ pole – his first at Iowa – gives Penske its 11th of the year.

“The good news is my guys showed up on time for qualifying today,” Castroneves told the IndyCar Radio Network. “We put this baby right on the No. 1 spot, which is really important. Last week we proved we can come from the back when you have a good car. We have a good car here, so we plan to stay at the front.”

Castroneves also earned the pole at Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park.

Starting next to Castroneves will be fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, who recorded an average speed of 183.125 with his No. 10 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Filling out the top five is Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud as Penske’s Will Power qualified sixth.

The highest non-Penske or Ganassi driver is Josef Newgarden. The pole-winner at Milwaukee will start seventh based on his average speed of 181.367 mph.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending Iowa race winner will roll off ninth behind Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti.

The only accident in qualifying came when Sebastien Bourdais, the winner at Milwaukee, spun out of Turn 2. He hit the outside wall with his rear wing before driving away under his own power. Bourdais will start last.

NEWTON, Iowa – Qualifying Saturday for the Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, and speed:

1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 183.480
2. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 183.125
3. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 182.707
4. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 182.357
5. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 181.627
6. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 181.625
7. (67) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 181.367
8. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 181.081
9. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 180.843
10. (8) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 180.659
11. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 180.401
12. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 180.080
13. (4) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 179.898
14. (7) James Jakes, Honda, 178.997
15. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 178.433
16. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 177.972
17. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 177.857
18. (25) Justin Wilson, Honda, 177.824
19. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Honda, 176.907
20. (19) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 176.256
21. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 176.255
22. (18) Pippa Mann, Honda, 175.812
23. (98) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 175.668
24. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, no speed

IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix: How to watch, start times, TV, schedules, streaming

IndyCar Detroit start times
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to the Motor City for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix but with start times in a new location for 2023.

After a 30-year run on Belle Isle, the Detroit GP has moved a few miles south to the streets of downtown on a new nine-turn, 1.7-mile circuit that runs along the Detroit River.

It’s the first time single-seater open-cockpit cars have raced on the streets of Detroit since a CART event on a 2.5-mile downtown layout from 1989-91. Formula One also raced in Detroit from 1982-88.

The reimagined Detroit Grand Prix also will play host to nightly concerts and bring in venders from across the region. Roger Penske predicts the new downtown locale will be bigger for Detroit than when the city played host to the 2006 Super Bowl.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend (all times are ET):


TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying.

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after Sunday’s race ends.


GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET

PRACTICE: Friday, 3 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 9:05 a.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 10 a.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 1:20 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 100 laps (170 miles) on a nine-turn, 1.7-mile temporary street course in downtown Detroit.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Rookie drivers are allowed one extra primary set for the first practice.

PUSH TO PASS: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation (Indy NXT: 150 seconds total, 15 seconds per). The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 0% chance of rain.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Detroit

INDY NXT RACES: Saturday, 12:05 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 12:50 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium)

INDY NXT ENTRY LISTClick here to view the 19 drivers racing at Detroit


(All times are Eastern)

Friday, June 2

8:30-9:30 a.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

9:50-10:20 a.m.: Trans Am Series practice

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

1-1:30 p.m.: Trans Am Series practice

1:50-2:40 p.m.: Indy NXT practice

3-4:30 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

4:50-5:05 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

5:30-6 p.m.: IndyNXT qualifying (Race 1 and 2)

6-7:15 p.m.: A-Track concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Big Boi concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Saturday, June 3

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Trans Am Series qualifying

9:05-10:05 a.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

10:35-11:35 a.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Muscle Car Challenge

12:05-1:00 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 1 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

1:15-2:45 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying, Peacock

4:10-5:50 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic (100 minutes), Peacock

5:30-7 p.m.: Z-Trip concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7-8:30 p.m.: Steve Aoki concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Sunday, June 4

10:00-10:30 a.m.: IndyCar warmup, Peacock

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City Showdown

12:50-1:45 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 2 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

2:47 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions

3:23 p.m.: Command to start engines

3:30 p.m.: Green flag for the Chevrolet Detroit Prix, presented by Lear (100 laps/170 miles), NBC


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ROUND 2Josef Newgarden wins Texas thriller over Pato O’Ward

ROUND 3: Kyle Kirkwood breaks through for first career IndyCar victory

ROUND 4: Scott McLaughlin outduels Romain Grosjean at Barber

ROUND 5: Alex Palou dominant in GMR Grand Prix

ROUND 6: Josef Newgarden wins first Indy 500 in 12th attempt 


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