Jun 22, 2013, 4:40 PM EST
One part of the IZOD IndyCar Series’ abnormal – or convoluted, depending on who you ask – qualifying format for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB is in the books.
The series ran one-lap qualifying to set the grid for tonight’s three heat races (live streamed online on IndyCar.com and the Verizon IndyCar 13 app at 6:45 p.m. ET). The top six qualifiers automatically advanced to heat race three, with even qualifiers 8-24 lining up for race one and odd qualifiers 7-23 lining up for heat race two.
From there, the top two finishers in each heat race advance to heat race number three, and the rest of the grid outside the top 10 in the final heat is assembled by results from the first two heats.
So now that that gets the formula for how the grid is set out of the way, here’s the who breakdown from single-lap qualifying.
Texas winner Helio Castroneves set a new single-lap record at Iowa Speedway of 185.687 and will have the pole for the final heat race.
The rest of the top six automatically advancing include: Marco Andretti, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe and Oriol Servia. Servia returns to Panther Racing for the first time since Texas.
Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon are on pole, then, for the two preliminary heat races. Dario Franchitti (20th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (22nd) were among those with poor qualifying laps; Ana Beatriz did not set a time.
ONE-LAP QUALIFYING SPEEDS, AND HEAT RACE GRID SPOTS: 1. 3 Helio Castroneves, 185.687 (First, Heat 3) 2. 25 Marco Andretti, 184.766 (Second, Heat 3) 3. 12 Will Power, 184.240 (Third, Heat 3) 4. 11 Tony Kanaan, 183.713 (Fourth, Heat 3) 5. 27 James Hinchcliffe, 183.236 (Fifth, Heat 3) 6. 4 Oriol Servia, 183.021 (Sixth, Heat 3) 7. 20 Ed Carpenter, 182.805 (First, Heat 2) 8. 9 Scott Dixon, 182.506 (First, Heat 1) 9. 55 Tristan Vautier (R), 182.472 (Second, Heat 2) 10. 14 Takuma Sato, 182.384 (Second, Heat 1) 11. 83 Charlie Kimball, 182.270 (Third, Heat 2) 12. 67 Josef Newgarden, 182.142 (Third, Heat 1) 13. 16 James Jakes, 182.056 (Fourth, Heat 2) 14. 98 Alex Tagliani, 181.963 (Fourth, Heat 1) 15. 5 E.J. Viso, 181.458 (Fifth, Heat 2) 16. 7 Sebastien Bourdais, 180.892 (Fifth, Heat 1) 17. 77 Simon Pagenaud, 180.481 (Sixth, Heat 2) 18. 6 Sebastian Saavedra, 180.016 (Sixth, Heat 1) 19. 15 Graham Rahal, 179.295 (Seventh, Heat 2) 20. 10 Dario Franchitti, 178.578 (Seventh, Heat 1) 21. 19 Justin Wilson, 178.240 (Eighth, Heat 2) 22. 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay, 177.957 (Eighth, Heat 1) 23. 78 Simona de Silvestro, 174.689 (Ninth, Heat 2) 24. 18 Ana Beatriz, No speed (Ninth, Heat 1)
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