Castroneves leads Chevy qualifying sweep in Iowa

Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan will start from the front row in the Iowa Corn 300 tonight leading a Chevy sweep of the top-7 positions.

When Castroneves first broke onto the IndyCar scene during the CART days, he was immediately fast on the short ovals, and he remains so today. We remember his performance at the Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park located in Cicero, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, which was built in 1999 by Chip Ganassi. He took a mediocre car to 5th place that day.

Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 183.480 mph (35.0817 seconds) on the 0.894-mile oval to earn his third Verizon P1 Award of the season and 44th of his Indy car career.

Last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, Castroneves started from the rear of the 24-car grid and charged through the field over the 250 laps to finish second.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]"Every time you start in the back it’s a tough one, so this is much better," said Castroneves, who is driving the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. "Last week we showed with a good car we can go through the field."

Kanaan posted a two-lap average of 183.125 mph (35.1497 seconds) for his first front-row start of the season. Kanaan, driving the No. 10 Fusion Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, has finished second in two of the past four races and has placed on the podium at Iowa Speedway the previous five races.

"It was a very tough two laps, and thank goodness it is a short track because the car was on edge," said Kanaan, who will make his 246th consecutive start.

Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya (182.707 mph) in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will share Row 2 with Scott Dixon (182.357) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

With this pole Castroneves remains fourth on the all-time list of pole winners – Note: See rundown of all-time winners thru 2014 below qualifying results.

NBCSN’s telecast of the 300-lap race starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Results

Pos No Name QSpeed Laps Warmup Lap 1 Lap 2 Team
1 3 Helio Castroneves 183.480 2 179.114 183.464 183.496 Team Penske
2 10 Tony Kanaan 183.125 2 180.608 183.234 183.016 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
3 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 182.707 2 178.131 182.832 182.581 Team Penske
4 9 Scott Dixon 182.357 2 181.203 182.223 182.491 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
5 22 Simon Pagenaud 181.627 2 177.879 181.552 181.702 Team Penske
6 1 Will Power 181.625 2 174.976 181.456 181.795 Verizon Team Penske
7 67 Josef Newgarden 181.367 2 177.278 181.127 181.607 CFH Racing
8 27 Marco Andretti 181.081 2 175.203 181.077 181.086 Andretti Autosport
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 180.843 2 175.627 180.183 181.506 Andretti Autosport
10 8 Sage Karam 180.659 2 171.774 181.084 180.236 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
11 20 Ed Carpenter 180.401 2 177.764 181.432 179.381 CFH Racing
12 26 Carlos Munoz 180.080 2 176.778 180.084 180.076 Andretti Autosport
13 4 Stefano Coletti 179.898 2 175.177 179.753 180.043 KV Racing Technology
14 7 James Jakes 178.997 2 174.433 178.738 179.257 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
15 14 Takuma Sato 178.433 2 174.153 178.310 178.557 AJ Foyt Enterprises
16 83 Charlie Kimball 177.972 2 177.965 176.257 179.722 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
17 15 Graham Rahal 177.857 2 173.452 177.793 177.921 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 25 Justin Wilson 177.824 2 171.135 177.928 177.721 Andretti Autosport
19 5 Ryan Briscoe 176.907 2 174.519 176.847 176.967 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
20 19 Tristan Vautier 176.256 2 173.145 176.080 176.433 Dale Coyne Racing
21 41 Jack Hawksworth 176.255 2 175.458 175.957 176.553 AJ Foyt Enterprises
22 18 Pippa Mann 175.812 2 172.071 175.375 176.251 Dale Coyne Racing
23 98 Gabby Chaves 175.668 2 171.046 175.763 175.572 BHA with Curb-Agajanian
24 11 Sebastien Bourdais 125.840 1 175.517 125.840 KVSH Racing

Top-15 All-Time Pole Winners (1930 – 2014)

Mario Andretti#1 – Mario Andretti: 67 Poles (Ovals – 40; Road/Street – 27)

First Pole: June 20, 1965 at Langhorne
Led 33 of 100 laps – Finished 2nd

Last Pole: August 1, 1993 at Michigan
Led 27 of 250 laps – Finished 2nd

Total Wins from Pole – 24

First win from Pole: July 25, 1965 at Indianapolis (IRP)
Last win from Pole: April 5, 1987 at Long Beach

A.J. Foyt#2 – A.J. Foyt: 53 Poles (Ovals – 53)

First Pole: September 16, 1961 at Indianapolis (IN State Fairgrounds)
Led 84 of 100 laps – Finished 1st

Last Pole: June 21, 1981 at Pocono
Led 35 of 122 laps – Finished 1st

Total Wins from Pole – 23

First win from Pole: September 16, 1961 at Indianapolis (IN State Fairgrounds)
Last win from Pole: June 21, 1981 at Pocono

Bobby Unser#3 – Bobby Unser: 49 Poles (Ovals – 44; Road/Street – 5)

First Pole: September 5, 1966 at DuQuoin
Led 23 of 100 laps – Finished 3rd

Last Pole: October 31, 1981 at Phoenix
Led 55 of 150 laps – Finished 2nd

Total Wins from Pole – 17

First win from Pole: July 1, 1967 at Mosport
Last win from Pole: May 24, 1981 at Indianapolis

Helio Castroneves#4 – Helio Castroneves: 41 Poles (Ovals – 25; Road/Street – 16)

First Pole: June 6, 1999 at Milwaukee
Led 14 of 225 laps – Finished 26th

Last Pole: August 30, 2014 at Auto Club
Led 41 of 250 laps – Finished 14th

Total Wins from Pole – 11

First win from Pole: September 10, 2000 at Laguna Seca
Last win from Pole: September 19, 2010 at Motegi

Rick Mears#5 – Rick Mears: 40 Poles (Ovals – 36; Road/Street – 4)

First Pole: May 28, 1979 at Indianapolis
Led 25 of 200 laps – Finished 1st

Last Pole: October 6, 191 at Nazareth
Led 33 of 200 laps – Finished 15th

Total Wins from Pole – 14

First win from Pole: May 28, 1979 at Indianapolis
Last win from Pole: August 4, 1991 at Michigan

Will Power#6 – Will Power: 36 Poles (Ovals 6, Road/Street – 30)

First Pole: October 22, 2006 at Surfers Paradise
Led 13 of 59 laps – Finished 12th

Last Pole: August 24, 2014 at Sonoma
Led 33 of 85 laps – Finished 10th

Total Wins from Pole – 12

First win from Pole: April 8, 2007 at Las Vegas
Last win from Pole: August 17, 2014 at Milwaukee

Dario Franchitti(Tie) #7 – Dario Franchitti: 33 Poles (Ovals – 14; Road/Street – 19)

First Pole: July 20, 1997 at Toronto
Led 0 of 95 laps – Finished 26th

Last Pole: August 25, 2013 at Sonoma
Led 17 of 85 laps – Finished 3rd

Total Wins from Pole – 8

First win from Pole: September 6, 1998 at Vancouver
Last win from Pole: June 19, 2011 at Milwaukee

Sebastien Bourdais(Tie) #7 – Sebastien Bourdais: 33 Poles (Ovals – 3; Road/Street – 30)

First Pole: February 23, 2003 at St. Petersburg
Led 30 of 105 laps – Finished 11th

Last Pole: August 3, 2014 at Mid-Ohio
Led 38 of 90 laps – Finished 2nd

Total Wins from Pole – 18

First win from Pole: May 11, 2003 at Germany (Lausitz)
Last win from Pole: July 20, 2014 at Toronto (Race 2)

Michael Andretti#9 – Michael Andretti: 32 Poles (Ovals – 7; Road/Street – 25)

First Pole: June 8, 1986 at Milwaukee
Led 110 of 200 laps – Finished 1st

Last Pole: July 11, 1999 at Road America
Led 0 of 55 laps – Finished 2nd

Total Wins from Pole – 12

First win from Pole: June 8, 1986 at Milwaukee
Last win from Pole: October 18, 1992 at Laguna Seca

Al Unser, Sr.#10 – Al Unser: 27 Poles (Ovals – 19; Road/Street – 8)

First Pole: June 18, 1967 at Langhorne
Led 53 of 100 laps – Finished 2nd

Last Pole: October 13, 1985 at Phoenix
Led 112 of 150 laps – Finished 1st

Total Wins from Pole – 11

First win from Pole: July 21, 1968 at Indianapolis (IRP)
Last win from Pole: October 13, 1985 at Phoenix

Paul Tracy#11 – Paul Tracy: 25 Poles (Ovals – 7; Road/Street – 18)

First Pole: August 23, 1992 at Road America
Led 5 of 50 laps – Finished 17th

Last Pole: August 14, 2005 at Denver
Led 59 of 97 laps – Finished 16th

Total Wins from Pole – 10

First win from Pole: July 11, 1993 at Cleveland
Last win from Pole: June 26, 2005 at Cleveland

Johnny Rutherford
#12 – Johnny Rutherford: 23 Poles (Ovals – 23)

First Pole: November 17, 1963 at Phoenix
Led 0 of 100 laps – Finished 11th

Last Pole: September 24, 1984 at Michigan
Led 46 of 100 laps – Finished 14th

Total Wins from Pole – 9

First win from Pole: August 26, 1973 at Ontario
Last win from Pole: August 10, 1980 at Milwaukee

Gil de Ferran(Tie) #13 – Gil de Ferran: 21 Poles (Ovals – 9; Road/Street – 12)

First Pole: July 23, 1995 at Cleveland
Led 67 of 90 laps – Finished 14th

Last Pole: October 12, 2003 at Texas
Led 68 of 195 laps – Finished 1st

Total Wins from Pole – 4

First win from Pole: October 7, 2001 at Houston
Last win from Pole: October 12, 2003 at Texas

Scott Dixon(Tie) #13 – Scott Dixon: 21 Poles (Ovals – 14; Road/Street – 7)

First Pole: April 13, 2003 at Motegi
Led 45 of 200 laps – Finished 15th

Last Pole: July 12, 2014 at Iowa
Led 17 of 300 laps – Finished 4th

Total Wins from Pole – 11

First win from Pole: June 28, 2003 at Richmond
Last win from Pole: July 14, 2013 at Toronto (Race 2)

Gordon Johncock#15 – Gordon Johncock: 20 Poles (Ovals – 19; Road/Street – 1)

First Pole: August 8, 1965 at Langhorne
Led 42 of 125 laps – Finished 3rd

Last Pole: June 13, 1982 at Milwaukee
Led 139 of 150 laps – Finished 1st

Total Wins from Pole – 5

First win from Pole: June 4, 1967 at Milwaukee
Last win from Pole: June 13, 1982 at Milwaukee

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