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