Defending Iowa race winner James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports says he always looks forward to Iowa as it is a track that he has always gone well at.
The Mayor heads to the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway off the back of a strong result at home in Toronto where he finished in 6th place.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
“Iowa has been good to us in the past, so we always look forward to getting back there. It kind of sucks that the race we were particularly strong at last year has had the most changes, having a higher boost level and moving to a night race. But even with that, I’m confident that we can roll off with a strong No. 5 Arrow car. Marcus (Ericsson) had a great test here a few weeks ago so hopefully, we can have the same form we had here last season.”
Marcus Ericsson heads to Iowa off the back of a really strong test here a few weeks ago and will hoping he can use what he learned during the test to help him get a strong result.
Speaking ahead of Iowa Corn 300 he said:
I’m very excited to get to Iowa. Although it’s another new track for me to race at, we were there a couple of weeks ago for a test which went really well. It’s a special place – such a small track – but we will obviously still be seeing some high speeds. It’s also a bumpy track, so that was for sure a challenge during our test, and everyone says the race as well will be challenging to manage the car smoothly over the bumps. Obviously with such a short track and short lap it will be a very intense race, a lot of overtaking. I’m looking forward to that challenge. Arrow SPM won there last year with James (Hinchcliffe), so we know we have a good car there and James is very strong there, so I will try to lean on him as much as possible. We’re aiming to have a really good team result.”