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Will Power Sweeps Poles for Iowa IndyCar Doubleheader

Will Power swept the pole positions for this weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in Saturday’s (July 23) qualifying session. With these two pole awards, Power now has 66 in his career, just one shy of Mario Andretti’s record of 67 pole positions.

“I think the car’s good, it’s going to be a pretty tough race with the heat and a lot of degradation,” Power told NBC’s Dillon Welch.

“[The car] is very good on long runs, and the single lap speed there was obviously good. I’m not sure on heavy fuel at the start… we’ll see what we’ve got!”

Saturday’s qualifying session was a unique one, with drivers setting their positions for both races with a single run. Each single-car run consisted of two timed laps. Lap one counted as a given driver’s time for race one, with lap two setting that driver’s time for race two.

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2022 IndyCar Doubleheader at Iowa Preview

Having swept the 2020 Iowa doubleheader, Team Penske fared well on their return to the 0.875-mile oval. After Power, the second to last runner became the only driver on the day to break an average speed of 178 mph, the Captain’s team ended the day with all three cars in the top-six starting positions for both races. Power and Josef Newgarden will share the front row for both races. Scott McLaughlin, on his first trip to Iowa, will start fifth on Saturday, and sixth on Sunday.

While Ed Carpenter opened the session with average speeds of 173.406 mph and 174.214 mph, respectively, momentum quickly shifted to those running later in the order as the track rubbered in and average speeds quickly broke the 176-mph mark.

IndyCar sophomore Jimmie Johnson was the fourth driver to take to the track and made good use of his previous oval experience by running over one mph faster than then polesitter Carpenter on both of his flying laps. Johnson ended the day set to start in 15th place on Saturday.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist both made massive saves through turn 1 on their respective runs as their cars bottomed out and had to be rescued from massive snaps of oversteer heading on to the backstretch.

In spite of Iowa’s perilously bumpy turns 1 and 3, qualifying went off without any on-track incidents or accidents.

IndyCar Qualifying Results for Saturday’s Race

IndyCar Qualifying Results for Sunday’s Race

The Hy-veedeals.com 250 will begin Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. ET with coverage on NBC.

Sunday’s Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 will air on NBC at 3 pm ET.

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Alex is the IndyCar Content Director at Frontstretch, having initially joined as an entry-level contributor in 2021. He also serves as Managing Director of The Asia Cable, a publication focused on the international affairs and politics of the Asia-Pacific region which he co-founded in 2023. With previous experience in China, Japan and Poland, Alex is particularly passionate about the international realm of motorsport and the politics that make the wheels turn - literally - behind the scenes.

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