2020 IndyCar preview: Iowa 1

It is another doubleheader weekend for the NTT IndyCar Series as they head to Iowa Speedway in the midwest plains.

The series will hold a race Friday and Saturday night.

Instead of the usual 300 laps, both races will be 250 laps long. Each team will have 14 sets of tires for the entire weekend.

Friday was big for Carlin Racing as Conor Daly captured his first career pole and first for the team. In three starts at Iowa, Daly has an average finish of 17.7.

The qualifying session was the first time IndyCar set the field for two races at the same time. The first lap determined the order for race one, which Daly landed the fastest lap, and the final lap set the field for Saturday’s race, which Josef Newgarden claimed the pole for.

Newgarden will start on the front row with Daly. He is the defending champion at Iowa and has a 6.2 average finish on the track. He is still seeking his first win of 2020.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is the winningest driver in series history at Iowa. He won races in 2012, 2014 and 2015. However, he will have his work cut out from him after lackluster practice run in 16th, and a 12th starting position.

It was a disastrous qualifying session for Simon Pagenaud as he lost fuel pressure before beginning his run. He failed to put down a lap and will start last Friday night. However, he was sixth-fastest in practice and has six top-10 finishes in eight starts at Iowa.

Ed Carpenter returns to the track for the first time since his lone start at Texas Motor Speedway back in June. He was third-slowest in the single practice session and will start 16th. Carpenter has two top-fives and seven top-10s in 12 starts at Iowa.

No one is under more pressure to perform this weekend than Alexander Rossi. It was a disastrous first three races for the Andretti Autosport product as he had mechanical issues at Texas and Indianapolis, and then was caught in two incidents in the first Road America race last Saturday. He finally had a good run last Sunday and will look to utilize that momentum for this weekend. Rossi will start fifth Friday night.

TV coverage will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network.

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