Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan made in an all-Ganassi, all-Chevy front row in yesterday’s rainy, Iowa Corn 300 qualifying session. On the way to locking out the front row, Dixon set a new, two-lap qualifying track record of 186.256 MPH, proving that the Target Ganassi team – which has struggled a bit in 2014 – is still a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s definitely a good thing to see the Ganassi cars at the top,” said the reigning IndyCar champion, whose previous best oval qualifying result this season was a 7th at Texas Motor Speedway. “We’d been stuck in sort of a rut and it had been a while since my last pole. We’re winless (in 2014), so we have a bit of work to do. It definitely will be a tough one. The competition is extremely good.”
The Ganassi duo were no doubt helped by a Penske team had a tough weekend. Pocono winner Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 Penske Chevrolet had some setup issues after running strong in practice, and his Penske teammate, Will Power in the #3 car, is fighting bronchitis this weekend.
On the other end of the spectrum, Dixon and Kanaan will have to fend off oval specialist and Texas winner Ed Carpenter, who will be starting from the 5th row when the green flag drops at 8PM (EST) tonight.
The 2014 IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 will air, live, on NBC Sports, and you’ll be able to catch the live timing and scoring feed online, as well. Enjoy!
|Car No.||Driver||Engine||Grid Pos.||Speed (MPH)|
|34||Carlos Munoz ®||Honda||5||185.027|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin ®||Honda||12||184.316|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||19||182.317|
|18||Carlos Huertas ®||Honda||22||177.849|