Re-watch the race broadcast for the Iowa Corn 300 below, featuring one of the toughest Verizon IndyCar Series venues.
The Iowa Corn 300 was an excellent example of what happens when a team, driver, and track sync together better than the competition. While Andretti Autosport was looking for their seventh straight win at the fastest short-track on the planet, Josef Newgarden spoiled the party with a record-setting 282 laps led on his way to a commanding victory in Newton, Iowa. So dominant was Newgarden and Ed Carpenter Racing’s performance, the young American driver ends the weekend second in the points.
The race started with Simon Pagenaud leading from pole position, but Newgarden wasted no time taking the lead on Lap 1. The entire field was a lap down, bar the No. 22 Chevrolet driven by Pagenaud. The action was interrupted only three times in 300 laps. Once for Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Honda blowing up. The second yellow flag was for Juan Pablo Montoya’s Chevrolet giving up to Iowa’s demanding conditions, while the final caution was for a spin form Max Chilton.
The final stint after Chilton’s spin was the final opportunity for quick improvement from the field. Newgarden’s crew performed highly despite some mis-steps in history – his pit stops were flawless all day, especially the last stop. In the final stint of Newgarden’s reign of Iowa, Will Power continued to prove that he is back with a vengeance, passing Scott Dixon and Pagenaud on a march to P2.
The win catapulted Newgarden up three spots in the championship, just 73 points behind Simon Pagenaud. Will Power continues to nestle himself into a smart third position in points as he attempts a late-season charge for the championship. The Verizon IndyCar Series revisits the track next at Exhibition Place on the Streets of Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 17.
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