Team Penske IndyCar Series Qualifying Report - Iowa

July 19, 2019

Track:                  Iowa Speedway
Race:                   Iowa 300
Date:                   July 19, 2019
No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Qualifying Position: 3rd
Two-Lap Combined Time: 35.8699 seconds             
Two-Lap Avg. Speed: 179.449 mph

No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power     
Qualifying Position: 2nd
Two-Lap Combined Time: 35.8418 seconds
Two-Lap Avg. Speed: 179.589 mph

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud    
Qualifying Position: 1st
Two-Lap Combined Time: 35.7455 seconds
Two-Lap Avg. Speed: 180.073 mph     

Fastest Time:
Practice 1 – 17.8962 seconds (No. 2 – Newgarden)
Qualifying – 35.7455 seconds (No. 22 – Pagenaud)
Final Practice – 18.4476 seconds (No. 22 – Pagenaud)
Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet team, on the heels of their win in Toronto, continued their hot streak as Pagenaud scored the pole position for Saturday night's Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway in a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske. Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet will start the race alongside in the second position with Josef Newgarden on the inside of the second row in third. Friday's on-track activities began with all three Team Penske drivers posting the top-three lap times in the morning practice session, with Newgarden leading the way in the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet. The trio was able to follow that up in qualifying with Newgarden and Power slotting in just behind Pagenaud, the 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion. Perhaps the only hiccup on the day came in the final practice session when Pagenaud left pit lane with a fan still sitting on his No. 22 Chevrolet, bringing out a quick caution and resulting in a monetary fine at the end of the day. In spite of that, Pagenaud topped the final practice speed charts yet again with Newgarden just behind with the second fastest lap. Power finished final practice eighth on the speed chart.
The Iowa 300 begins tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app. Coverage can also be heard on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius XM Channel 209.