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Iowa - Qualifying and practice times

24 June 2011

KV Racing Technology's Takuma Sato blew away the competition with two stunning laps of the 0.894 mile Iowa Speedway oval, to become the first Japanese driver in history to take pole position for an IZOD IndyCar Series event.

He will be joined on the front row of the grid by Danica Patrick who was impressive in the Andretti Autosport #7. Sato's team mate Tony Kanaan will start alongside Indy 500 runner-up JR Hildrebrand on the second row with the main title rivals - Penske's Will Power and Ganassi's Dario Franchitti - behind them on the third row.

Qualifying times

Qualifying was held in a 45 minute session that commenced at 4.15pm.

1. #5 Takuma Sato 180.375mph 35.6857s
2. #7 Danica Patrick 180.210mph 35.7184s + 0.0327s
3. #82 Tony Kanaan 179.833mph 35.7932s + 0.1075s
4. #4 JR Hildebrand 179.569mph 35.8458s + 0.1601s
5. #12 Will Power 179.474mph 35.8648s + 0.1791s
6. #10 Dario Franchitti 179.474mph 35.8649s + 0.1792s
7. #06 James Hinchcliffe 179.385mph 35.8825s + 0.1968s
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 179.305mph 35.8986s + 0.2129s
9. #27 Mike Conway 179.185mph 35.9226s + 0.2369s
10. #6 Ryan Briscoe 178.771mph 36.0058s + 0.3201s
11. #2 Oriol Servia 178.742mph 36.0116s + 0.3259s
12. #22 Justin Wilson 178.631mph 36.0340s + 0.3483s
13. #3 Helio Castroneves 178.570mph 36.0464s + 0.3607s
14. #67 Ed Carpenter 178.510mph 36.0584s + 0.3727s
15. #77 Alex Tagliani 178.426mph 36.0754s + 0.3897s
16. #14 Vitor Meira 178.365mph 36.0878s + 0.4021s
17. #26 Marco Andretti 178.165mph 36.1284s + 0.4427s
18. #24 Ana Beatriz 177.821mph 36.1981s + 0.5124s
19. #59 EJ Viso 177.680mph 36.2270s + 0.5413s
20. #38 Graham Rahal 177.509mph 36.2619s + 0.5762s
21. #83 Charlie Kimball 177.280mph 36.3086s + 0.6229s
22. #19 Alex Lloyd 177.257mph 36.3133s + 0.6276s
23. #9 Scott Dixon 175.784mph 36.6177s + 0.9320s
24. #18 James Jakes 173.365mph 37.1287s + 1.4430s
25. #34 Sebastian Saavedra No Time/DNQ
26. #78 Simona de Silvestro No Time/DNQ

Practice 1

The first 75-minute practice session was held from noon on Friday through to 1.15pm and saw Dario Franchitti just pip KV Racing Technology's Takuma Sato for the top time with Scott Dixon third and Danica Patrick looking strong in fourth.

1. #10 Dario Franchitti 181.403mph 17.7417s after 49 laps
2. #5 Takuma Sato 181.031mph 17.7782s + 0.0365s after 78 laps
3. #9 Scott Dixon 180.876mph 17.7934s + 0.0517s after 74 laps
4. #7 Danica Patrick 180.624mph 17.8182s + 0.0765s after 74 laps
5. #26 Marco Andretti 180.531mph 17.8274s + 0.0857s after 52 laps
6. #12 Will Power 180.183mph 17.8618s + 0.1201s after 79 laps
7. #27 Mike Conway 180.085mph 17.8716s + 0.1299s after 53 laps
8. #3 Helio Castroneves 180.027mph 17.8773s + 0.1356s after 79 laps
9. #6 Ryan Briscoe 179.974mph 17.8826s + 0.1409s after 77 laps
10. #82 Tony Kanaan 179.924mph 17.8876s + 0.1459s after 67 laps
11. #38 Graham Rahal 179.891mph 17.8908s + 0.1491s after 79 laps
12. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 179.879mph 17.8920s + 0.1503s after 53 laps
13. #77 Alex Tagliani 179.858mph 17.8941s + 0.1524s after 67 laps
14. #2 Oriol Servia 179.781mph 17.9018s + 0.1601s after 61 laps
15. #19 Alex Lloyd 179.737mph 17.9062s + 0.1645s after 55 laps
16. #67 Ed Carpenter 179.718mph 17.9081s + 0.1664s after 73 laps
17. #24 Ana Beatriz 179.680mph 17.9118s + 0.1701s after 75 laps
18. #14 Vitor Meira 179.475mph 17.9323s + 0.1906s after 101 laps
19. #22 Justin Wilson 179.080mph 17.9719s + 0.2302s after 74 laps
20. #83 Charlie Kimball 179.038mph 17.9761s + 0.2344s after 62 laps
21. #59 EJ Viso 178.843mph 17.9957s + 0.2540s after 60 laps
22. #4 JR Hildebrand 178.784mph 18.0016s + 0.2599s after 76 laps
23. #18 James Jakes 178.399mph 18.0405s + 0.2988s after 77 laps
24. #06 James Hinchcliffe 177.913mph 18.0897s + 0.3480s after 32 laps
25. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 166.912mph 19.2820s + 1.5403s after 18 laps

Total Laps: 1645

Practice 2

A second practice session was held in the evening at 7.30pm for 45 minutes - around the time of the Saturday evening race at Iowa will start on Saturday - with teams concentrating on race trim rather than speed.

The session saw a major accident involving Alex Tagliani and pole sitter Takuma Sato. "I was on the bottom, I felt like [Sato] crossed down into the bottom lane and my right front touched his left rear," explained Tagliani.

"I was approaching on the outside at a much greater closing speed because I think [Tagliani] was just coming out of the pits," said Sato for his part. "I was running in the second lane and gave space, but unfortunately we were very close together and we touched."

1. #67 Ed Carpenter 178.866mph 17.9934s after 61 laps
2. #12 Will Power 178.857mph 17.9943s + 0.0009s after 69 laps
3. #5 Takuma Sato 178.775mph 18.0025s + 0.0091s after 67 laps
4. #82 Tony Kanaan 178.631mph 18.0170s + 0.0236s after 64 laps
5. #10 Dario Franchitti 178.525mph 18.0277s + 0.0343s after 75 laps
6. #6 Ryan Briscoe 178.389mph 18.0415s + 0.0481s after 91 laps
7. #26 Marco Andretti 178.274mph 18.0531s + 0.0597s after 95 laps
8. #3 Helio Castroneves 177.991mph 18.0818s + 0.0884s after 51 laps
9. #24 Ana Beatriz 177.875mph 18.0936s + 0.1002s after 65 laps
10. #4 JR Hildebrand 177.842mph 18.0970s + 0.1036s after 70 laps
11. #27 Mike Conway 177.812mph 18.1000s + 0.1066s after 96 laps
12. #9 Scott Dixon 177.724mph 18.1090s + 0.1156s after 69 laps
13. #59 EJ Viso 177.662mph 18.1153s + 0.1219s after 33 laps
14. #77 Alex Tagliani 177.471mph 18.1348s + 0.1414s after 69 laps
15. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 177.378mph 18.1443s + 0.1509s after 62 laps
16. #2 Oriol Servia 177.307mph 18.1516s + 0.1582s after 29 laps
17. #18 James Jakes 177.103mph 18.1725s + 0.1791s after 73 laps
18. #38 Graham Rahal 176.978mph 18.1853s + 0.1919s after 59 laps
19. #7 Danica Patrick 176.594mph 18.2249s + 0.2315s after 37 laps
20. #22 Justin Wilson 176.577mph 18.2266s + 0.2332s after 48 laps
21. #83 Charlie Kimball 176.178mph 18.2679s + 0.2745s after 66 laps
22. #06 James Hinchcliffe 175.999mph 18.2865s + 0.2931s after 66 laps
23. #19 Alex Lloyd 175.812mph 18.3059s + 0.3125s after 45 laps
24. #14 Vitor Meira 175.336mph 18.3556s + 0.3622s after 63 laps
25. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 174.925mph 18.3987s + 0.4053s after 58 laps

Total Laps: 1581

Combined practice times

With practice 2 taking place in the evening and concentrating on race set-up and not raw speed, all the best times were from Practice 1 other than Sebastian Saavedra, who did not get to set a realistic time in that earlier session.

1. #10 Dario Franchitti 181.403mph 17.7417s Practice 1 after 124 laps
2. #5 Takuma Sato 181.031mph 17.7782s Practice 1 after 145 laps
3. #9 Scott Dixon 180.876mph 17.7934s Practice 1 after 143 laps
4. #7 Danica Patrick 180.624mph 17.8182s Practice 1 after 111 laps
5. #26 Marco Andretti 180.531mph 17.8274s Practice 1 after 147 laps
6. #12 Will Power 180.183mph 17.8618s Practice 1 after 148 laps
7. #27 Mike Conway 180.085mph 17.8716s Practice 1 after 149 laps
8. #3 Helio Castroneves 180.027mph 17.8773s Practice 1 after 130 laps
9. #6 Ryan Briscoe 179.974mph 17.8826s Practice 1 after 168 laps
10. #82 Tony Kanaan 179.924mph 17.8876s Practice 1 after 131 laps
11. #38 Graham Rahal 179.891mph 17.8908s Practice 1 after 138 laps
12. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 179.879mph 17.8920s Practice 1 after 115 laps
13. #77 Alex Tagliani 179.858mph 17.8941s Practice 1 after 136 laps
14. #2 Oriol Servia 179.781mph 17.9018s Practice 1 after 90 laps
15. #19 Alex Lloyd 179.737mph 17.9062s Practice 1 after 100 laps
16. #67 Ed Carpenter 179.718mph 17.9081s Practice 1 after 134 laps
17. #24 Ana Beatriz 179.680mph 17.9118s Practice 1 after 140 laps
18. #14 Vitor Meira 179.475mph 17.9323s Practice 1 after 164 laps
19. #22 Justin Wilson 179.080mph 17.9719s Practice 1 after 122 laps
20. #83 Charlie Kimball 179.038mph 17.9761s Practice 1 after 128 laps
21. #59 EJ Viso 178.843mph 17.9957s Practice 1 after 93 laps
22. #4 JR Hildebrand 178.784mph 18.0016s Practice 1 after 146 laps
23. #18 James Jakes 178.399mph 18.0405s Practice 1 after 150 laps
24. #06 James Hinchcliffe 177.913mph 18.0897s Practice 1 after 98 laps
25. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 174.925mph 18.3987s Practice 2 after 76 laps

Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 3226


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