Race Weekend Central

Josef Newgarden on Pole for Saturday’s Iowa 250

The NTT IndyCar Series held qualifying for both Iowa 250 events at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 17. Conor Daly won his first pole for Friday night’s event while Josef Newgarden was the fastest car on the second lap, clocking in at 175.333 mph. That was good enough to claim the pole for the second leg of the doubleheader Saturday night.

The qualifying procedures for the doubleheader consisted of two timed laps, the first one counting for Friday and the second lap counting for Saturday’s event.

Team Penske teammate Will Power had the second-quickest lap of 175.024 mph. However, Power crashed out of Friday’s event after his left-front wheel came off, so he may go to a backup car.

Daly starts third Saturday, as his second lap was a quick 174.960 mph. The Carlin Racing driver finished eighth in the first leg of the doubleheader.


Ryan Hunter-Reay will begin Saturday’s race in fourth. Colton Herta, who also had a scary crash Friday night, qualified fifth.

Jack Harvey starts sixth, while Alex Palou is in seventh. Tony Kanaan, Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist completed the top-10 qualifiers.

Friday night’s winner, Simon Pagenaud, didn’t make a timed lap so he starts last again on Saturday.


The second IndyCar Iowa 250 of the 2020 season begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 18. Coverage will be provided by NBC Sports Network.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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