IndyCar completed its only practice session at the Iowa Speedway on Friday afternoon, and it was Will Power who posted the fastest lap of the day.
Power lapped the 7/8 mile oval in 18.5729 seconds at an average speed of 173.285 MPH and was able to cover approximately one third of a race distance by crossing the finish line 90 times.
Conor Daly topped the timesheets for most of the 90-minute session but ended the afternoon second fastest.
The likeable 30-year-old’s only pole position of his career came in Iowa in 2020, when he secured top spot for Carlin and finished eighth.
Scott McLaughlin was third fastest in his special black and blue livery and continued his strong showing at the various ovals the series visits.
There were a few yellow flags to disrupt the session but these were thrown to allow officials to inspect the course and not for any incident.
Otherwise it was a very smooth session with no incidents and a lot of laps were done.
The biggest challenge of the afternoon was the temperature, which hit nearly 30C and forced much of the field to wear cool suits to keep the riders from overheating.
Multiple lines presented themselves in the corners and drivers were able to battle side-by-side for much of the session. The second groove should get even stronger as more rubber is applied during the weekend.
After the single practice session is completed, the cars will next hit the track on Saturday morning for the solo qualifying session.
A single qualifying heat determines the order for both races of the doubleheader, with the first lap counting for the first race and the second lap for Sunday’s final.