IndyCar Series 2013
In true short-oval racing fashion, Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon fought his way into the final qualifying heat race Saturday evening at Iowa Speedway, then finished fifth to lead the Honda-powered field in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250.
A unique combination of single-car qualifying and heat-race action was used to set the field for Sunday’s final short oval race of 2013. Dixon posted the eighth-fastest speed in qualifying, which put him on the pole for the first of two semi-final heat races. Dixon and fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato finished 1-2 in the first heat, qualifying both drivers for the final.
In the second semi, Simon Pagenaud applied pressure on early leader Ed Carpenter, but it was Graham Rahal who stormed up from seventh to take the lead with just two laps remaining. Rahal and the second-finishing Carpenter advanced to the final, while Pagenaud finished third and just missed the cut.
In the 50-lap final, Dixon was boxed in by traffic at the start, falling to 10th during the hectic opening lap. Once the field sorted itself out, Dixon began reel in the competition, reaching fifth at the checkers, with Sato seventh and Rahal ninth for Honda. Sunday’s 250-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.
|1||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|2||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|3||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|6||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|7||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing )|
|8||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|9||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|10||Oriol Servia (Panther Racing)|
|11||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|12||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)|
|13||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|15||Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|16||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|17||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|28||Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|24||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|