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Iowa: Qualifying heats

Dario Franchitti won the fast eight pole shootout heat at Iowa and will start the Iowa Corn Indy 250 race alongside Helio Castroneves on Saturday night.
The winner of the third and final qualifying heat of the evening, Dario Franchitti, will start from pole position for Saturday night's floodlit Iowa Corn Indy 250 race.

Franchitti passed Marco Andretti during the 30-lap heat, despite Andretti having been on peerless form in the earlier practice sessions. Marco was also overtaken by Helio Castroneves, and as a result will start on the second row of the grid alongside team mate James Hinchcliffe while Helio joins Dario on the front row for the start of the race.

Simon Pagenaud is the latest driver to be hit by a ten-place grid penalty at Iowa for an unscheduled engine change, along with Graham Rahal, EJ Viso and Tony Kanaan. In Pagenaud's case the penalty is essentially void, after the Frenchman came last in his heat and was already on the back row of the grid for the race.

Heat 1

1. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 30 laps
2. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) + 6.2134s
3. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) + 6.5594s
4. #5 EJ Viso (C) + 7.4531s
5. #22 Oriol Servia (C) + 8.3586s
6. #14 Mike Conway (H) + 10.8144s
7. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) + 13.4036s
8. #15 Takuma Sato (H) + 18.5671s

Heat 2

1. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 30 laps
2. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) + 3.1255s
3. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) + 6.0818s
4. #18 Justin Wilson (H) + 7.9310s
5. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) + 10.0818s
6. #6 Katherine Legge (C) + 13.7490s
7. #19 James Jakes (H) + 14.0032s
8. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) + 1 lap
9. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) + 1 lap

Heat 3

1. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 30 laps
2. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) + 1.4671s
3. #26 Marco Andretti (C) + 5.1884s
4. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) + 5.9813s
5. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) + 6.5813s
6. #12 Will Power (C) + 7.3642s
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) + 7.8433s
8. #9 Scott Dixon (H) + 9.2963s

Official starting grid

1. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) Ganassi
2. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) Team Penske
3. #26 Marco Andretti (C) Andretti Autosport
4. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) Andretti Autosport
5. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) Team Penske
6. #12 Will Power (C) Team Penske
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) Andretti Autosport
8. #9 Scott Dixon (H) Ganassi
9. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) Bryan Herta Autosport
10. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
11. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) KV Racing Technology
12. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) Panther
13. #18 Justin Wilson (H) Dale Coyne Racing
14. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) Ganassi
15. #22 Oriol Servia (C) Panther/DRR
16. #6 Katherine Legge (C) Dragon Racing
17. #14 Mike Conway (H) AJ Foyt Racing
18. #19 James Jakes (H) Dale Coyne Racing
19. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) KV Racing Technology *
20. #38 Graham Rahal (H) Ganassi *
21. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) Ed Carpenter Racing
22. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) HVM Racing
23. #15 Takuma Sato (H) Rahal Letterman Lanigan
24. #5 EJ Viso (C) KV Racing Technology *
25. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport *

* denotes includes ten-place grid penalty for engine change
H=Honda, C=Chevrolet, L=Lotus



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Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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