Speed (4 lap average) : 180.851 mph
Pole Winner/Speed: Will Power, Team Penske/ 181.337 mph
No. 77 Bowers and Wilkins FAZZT Race Team News and Notes
• This will be Tagliani’s first race at Iowa Speedway.
• Tagliani led 33 laps at the previous oval, Texas Motor Speedway, before finishing 18th .
• Tagliani has made 34 oval starts in his career with a best finish of 2nd at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan in 2002.
• Tagliani has scored 3 pole positions on oval tracks during his career; Brazil in 2000; Fontana, CA in 2001 and Milwaukee in 2003.
• Tagliani is currently in 12th place in the points standings with 126 points
• 2010 is Tagliani’s first full IndyCar Series season and his 10th season of open wheel racing.
Alex Tagliani on the Iowa Corn Indy 250 Qualifying:
“The team has shown their strength again today. I think our competitiveness on the ovals is a pleasant surprise for all of us. The only oval where we’ve had a problem was Texas and other than that we’ve been pretty consistent on our pace at the ovals. I keep repeating myself, but the quality of the program, the engineers, the preparation by the crew are all flawless.
This weekend, we come to a track I’ve never been to before, and within two sessions we’re on pace and we have a good qualifying which is very impressive. From what the engineers have said this track changes a bit and gets harder each year to have more than one groove so the race tomorrow will be about getting consistency in the car and doing a full segment on the tires and keeping the balance consistent. The reason for that is that the track is so small, so when you are driving the car the more consistent the car is the lower you can run on the track and make it harder for your opponent to get by you as they will have to take the outside line. So our hope for tomorrow is to be consistent over the whole segment and I think that will be the key to a good race.”
Rob Edwards on the Iowa Corn Indy 250 Qualifying:
“We are very happy with our qualifying effort especially since the race at Texas didn’t go as planned. The guys bounced back, Allen and the engineers did an excellent job preparing for Iowa as did Alex. This is a rookie track for Alex and he did a great job in the two practice sessions learning this track as it is a tricky place. Alex worked very methodically with his engineers and ended up with a good car. We’re happy with where we’ve qualified and are looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
• The course is a .875 mile oval.
• Dario Franchitti is the defending race winner and has won two of three races at this track. In 2008, Dan Wheldon won the event while Franchitti was competing in NASCAR.
• This is the fourth IZOD IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway
• This is the fourth oval race of the 2010 season. This oval race marks the fourth in the series Oval Championship which was announced earlier this season by the IZOD IndyCar Series.
• The Series Championship is now divided into an Oval Championship, Road/Street Course Championship and Series Overall Championship. Using the current championship points system, the highest-scoring oval and road/street drivers will be crowned champion of their respective racing discipline. The road title will culminate on Aug. 22 at Infineon Raceway, while the oval contest will conclude Sept. 19 at Twin Ring Motegi. The Oct. 2 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be reserved to honor the overall IZOD IndyCar Series champion.
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