Andretti Autosport head to the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway this weekend in search of a strong result for the team. Alexander Rossi who took victory at last year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil finished in sixth place here last year having started the race from 17th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
“Iowa was one of our best results last year and with the productive test we had last week, I feel good going into this weekend. This is one of my favorite tracks on the calendar, so I will be looking to put on a great show for the fans and hopefully get the No. 98, and the team, to victory lane for the first time this year.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda has been extremely successful here over the years. In nine starts in Iowa, Hunter Reay has three victories in 2012, 2014 and most recently in 2015.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
I’ve always loved racing at Iowa Speedway and I think our results show it. The No. 28 team has three wins at Iowa and we’re focused on getting number four for the DHL guys. Ever since the latest downforce rules package has been mandated, we have been struggling to keep up. Hopefully we can find some speed on race weekend to be at the front fighting for another win.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 #CheckItForAndretti Honda has a best start position of third place here which he has achieved three times in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and took victory here in 2011.
Speaking ahead of the race, Andretti commented by saying:
Road America didn’t go our way and was an unfortunate race result. It feels like we’re in a cycle of bad luck and circumstance, but we’ll work to rebound in Iowa. It’s a fun track where we have a strong history — it’s been good to me in the past and we’re hoping to see that Iowa victory lane again.
Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato in the No.26 #CheckItForAndretti Honda has a best of pole position here in 2011 and in seven starts here the Japanese driver has a best finish of 11th place which came last season with AJ Foyt Racing.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Sato commented by saying:
Iowa is one of the most challenging short-ovals. It is such a short lap, but high-banked, constant-cornering means almost no rest in the straights, so this could be one of the most physically demanding tracks too. I personally have some great memories in Iowa including my first pole position and I have always enjoyed this busy, tough race. We had a very productive test in last week and the team has strong history at Iowa too. Although it looks like quite a challenging weekend for us, I am looking forward to having a good weekend in Iowa.