IndyCar drops heat races for Iowa qualifying
11 July 2014 – For the past two seasons, the IndyCar Series has experimented with running a heat race qualifying format at the Iowa Speedway.
Originally meant to be an ode to Iowa's short track dirt racing heritage, the qualifying format has been dropped for tomorrow's Iowa Corn Indy 300 in favour of traditional single-lap qualifying runs.
The 7/8mi D-shaped oval is the shortest track on the IndyCar calendar, but it is one of the fastest, with lap speeds in the mid-180mph range.
Canadian James Hinchcliffe is the defending race winner on a track where Andretti Autosport has won five of the last seven races.
Qualifying is scheduled for 14:00 local time (GMT -5) on Friday, weather permitting, with the race going green on Saturday night at 19:30 local time.