June 20, 2009

IRL: Iowa lineup with avg. start/finish

It was a tough day at Iowa Speedway as persistent weepers in the track canceled qualification. The Indy Racing League did their dead-level best to get the session in the books, but could never send more than two cars out without stopping the action. That forced them to set the lineup by owner points, which places Helio Castroneves on the pole. That is familiar territory; in two previous starts on this track, he's started second on average, but doesn't have nearly as good a record in race trim. In two races at Iowa, he's finished eighth and 14th.

Scott Dixon starts second and he would seem to be a much better value. In his two starts, he's started on the pole in both events. He's swept the top-10 on this track, but the greater recommendation is that he swept the top five on the IRL's short tracks last year with a fourth in Iowa and a third at Richmond.

The best value this week, however, is Dario Franchitti. In his last two short track races, he swept victory lane at Iowa and Richmond in 2007. He rolls off the grid fourth.

Lineup with avg. start/finish

StartDriverAvg. FinAvg. StartAttempts
1Helio Castroneves11.002.002
2Ryan Briscoe7.005.001
3Scott Dixon7.001.002
4Dario Franchitti1.003.001
5Danica Patrick9.508.502
6Dan Wheldon6.006.002
7Tony Kanaan17.005.502
8Marco Andretti2.5010.002
9Graham Rahal10.0016.001
10Justin Wilson12.0020.001
11Hideki Mutoh2.007.001
12Raphael Matos

13Ed Carpenter14.507.002
14Robert Doornbos

15Mario Moraes19.0024.001
16Tomas Scheckter19.0014.001
17Ryan Hunter-Reay8.0014.001
18E J Viso13.0013.001
19Mike Conway

20Jaques Lazier

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