Simon Pagenaud is definitely back in the title chase now. He now has three poles and three wins. The bonus points he is accumulating are helping him gain ground quickly.
The title could come down to whoever wins their fourth race of the year first.
Josef Newgarden missed turn 4 on his first qualifying lap. He seemed to brake and turn a hard right. That is the moment he lost a chance at the pole.
It was an interesting qualifying session with several drivers at the top throughout the session.
Carlin Racing had a respectable qualifying effort with Sage Karam in 14th and Conor Daly in 16th.
Pagenaud said tire degradation will be the key to the race tomorrow.
The polesitter has never won at Iowa. That is not a reason to discount Pagenaud’s chances tomorrow.
It was nice seeing the two Arrow Schmidt Peterson cars at the top of the pylon for a few minutes.
Team Penske looks formidable this weekend.
The next Chevy after the Penskes in the top three spots is Tony Kanaan in 13th.
The starters in fourth through ninth could win. Fuel strategy will be crucial for the Honda cars.
Several cars had lots of understeer.
A full story on qualifying will follow in a bit.
Final practice for the Iowa 300 is from 7-8 EDT.