Scott Dixon continued to demonstrate his mastery of the 7/8th-mile Iowa
Speedway, qualifying on the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn Growers 250 at
the newest facility on the IndyCar Series circuit, located just east of Des Moines.
It is Dixon’s seventh career IndyCar pole, and his first pole since
the 2006 race at Infineon Raceway.Dixon and teammate Dan Wheldon were 1-2 in
a Series “Open Test” held
here on Friday prior to the start of the official race weekend.
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves qualified second and will start on the
front row for the fifth time in eight races this season. Reigning Indy 500 winner
Dario Franchitti qualified third for Andretti Green Racing, followed by the Rahal
Letterman Racing’s Scott Sharp in fourth.
Vision Racing’s Ed Carpenter posted his strongest qualifying run of
the season to start fifth, with the Ethanol-sponsored car of Jeff Simmons rounding
out the top six.
Sunday’s 250-lap race starts at 1 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage
Scott Dixon (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Honda) pole qualifier, his first pole of 2007, seventh
career IndyCar Series pole, 2003 IndyCar Series champion:
“Yeah, it was a very good run for us,more than I actually thought was in
the car. It was a great effort from the team today, and a great reward for all
the hard work the team had to do after the crashes we had [two weeks ago] at
Texas. Tomorrow’s race is going to be very tough, very physical and very tight
on this short oval. Starting up front will definitely help us out. The job now
is to stay out front – all day if possible!”