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IndyCar Iowa: Power and Newgarden on front row for both races

Each car completed a two-lap run in qualifying for the double-header with the first flyer determining grid order for Saturday’s first race, and the second lap setting order for Sunday’s round.

Power was the only driver to break the 178mph barrier and he did it twice, to draw within one pole position of Mario Andretti’s all-time Indycar pole record.

Although the track temperature was rising, suggesting the lap times might slow toward the end of the one-by-one qualifying session, Newgarden – who has led more than 1100 laps on the 0.894-mile oval – was able to eclipse the benchmark set by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly, despite running four cars from the end.

However, two cars later, it was Power’s turn and taking his new wide line to the corners, he was able to produce lap speeds comfortably clear of the opposition.

Colton Herta had the wildest switch in fortunes between runs, claiming only 17th fastest for the opener, but third for race two.

Daly held on to take third for the first race and then fourth for Sunday's contest.

Also impressing were the Dale Coyne Racing duo of Takuma Sato and David Malukas - the former finishing in the top 10 each time - while Jack Harvey’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing machine also found a new turn of speed and will start seventh for both races.

Race 1 grid:

P Driver Car Speed
1. Will Power Team Penske-Chevrolet 178.199mph
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske-Chevrolet 177.782mph
3 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 177.409mph
4 Pato O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 177.353mph
5 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske-Chevrolet 177.253mph
6 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing w/ RWR-Honda 176.932mph
7 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 176.673mph
8 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 176.626mph
9 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing w/ RWR-Honda 176.564mph
10 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport-Honda 176.469mph
11 Felix Roseqnvist Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 176.259mph
12 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.844mph
13 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.670mph
14 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.230mph
15 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.205mph
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 174.755mph
17 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport-Honda 174.739mph
18 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda 174.672mph
19 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport-Honda 174.450mph
20 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 173.689mph
21 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 173.423mph
22 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing-Honda 173.416mph
23 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 173.406mph
24 Kyle Kirkwood AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 172.628mph
25 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 172.432mph
26 Dalton Kellett AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 172.062mph

Race 2 grid:

P Driver Car Speed
1 Will Power Team Penske-Chevrolet 178.013mph
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske-Chevrolet 177.904mph
3 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport-Honda 177.525mph
4 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 177.287mph
5 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing w/ RWR-Honda 177.278mph
6 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske-Chevrolet 177.273mph
7 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 176.894mph
8 Pato O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 176.627mph
9 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 176.625mph
10 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 176.385mph
11 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport-Honda 176.302mph
12 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 176.122mph
13 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.812mph
14 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing w/ RWR-Honda 175.392mph
15 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 175.101mph
16 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 174.468mph
17 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 174.444mph
18 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 174.426mph
19 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 174.214mph
20 Kyle Kirkwood AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 173.863mph
21 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport-Honda 173.757mph
22 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet 173.696mph
23 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda 173.613mph
24 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 173.143mph
25 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda 173.000mph
26 Dalton Kellett AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 172.616mph
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