Daly Takes First Career Pole; Newgarden Wins Pole for Race 2

Old photo. Someone must have thought these guys would be pretty good drivers

Conor Daly joined the ranks of Indycar pole winners this afternoon as he had the fastest first lap in qualifying for the Iowa 250s. Daly’s first lap of 175.188 beat Josef Newgarden by 0.0085 seconds. Newgarden turned the fastest second lap of 175.333 nipped teammate Will Power for tomorrow night’s pole. Daly starts third Saturday.

Simon Pagenaud had a fuel pressure problem as he started out of the pits for his qualifying run. Pagenaud will start last in both races. Qualifying has been difficult for Pagenaud this season.

It will be fun watching him work his way to the front.

Daly’s first pole follows last Sunday’s first pole for Pato O’Ward.  Four drivers have won pokes so far this year.

This is big achievement for Carlin Racing, the only single car team in the field.

Tonight’s green flag is at 9:15 pm Eastern Time.