Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves in the No.06 Sirius XM Honda led the way for the team in the 250 presented by DoorDash at Iowa Speedway, race one of the double-header as the Brazilian came home in P16 having started the race from 23rd.

Castroneves ran as high as second in the race and will start Sunday’s HyVee Salutes Farmers 300 presented by Google from 24th place and speaking following the opening race he said:

The No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda was actually pretty good. We were able to make some great moves, but the tire degradation on our car was very difficult. This race – from what I can remember – was probably one of the toughest ones. I felt like I was racing in SRX, I was sideways a lot of times, so shoutout to them because it helped me out. Very difficult conditions in the last stint. We lost about four or five spots in the last stint, and I was just trying to hang on. It was very tough conditions out there, but we’ll take some notes and work on it for tonight and have a good race tomorrow.

Simon Pagenaud in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda started the opening race from 21st place and ended the event in 23rd place while for race two he will roll off from P16 and speaking following the action on Saturday the Frenchman said:

Today wasn’t the best day for us. We really struggled with tire management throughout the entire race and it never seems to get better. Tonight we will have a deep look at today’s race and understand how we can get better tomorrow for tomorrow.

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