Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon heads into this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway having taken his and Chip Ganassi Racing’s first win of the 2017 season last time out at Road America. It was the teams first win since they re-united with Honda ahead of the start of the new season.
The Iceman, who this weekend has NTT DATA as his primary sponsor on the No.9 Honda leads the championship by 34 points from reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Dixon who was in Des Moines, Iowa last week to promote the Verizon IndyCar Series race in Newton commented by saying by saying:
We just finished an advance media tour in Des Moines, Iowa last week and it’s always great to see the enthusiasm the media and fans have for Indy cars at Iowa Speedway. You have very high g-force loading and there is always a lot of action on this bullring-style track. You really have to be on your game with traffic and the quick lap times. The track has a lot more character having weathered in over the past few years and the bumps in Turns 1 and 2. I think we’re going to be in for a bit of an uphill battle as our overall package seems to be at a slight disadvantage on the short ovals like this track and likely Gateway.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda is hoping that he will be able to challenge for his first Verizon IndyCar Series win at Iowa Speedway having taken his first victory in the US here during his time in the Indy Lights series, the feeder category to the Verizon IndyCar Series and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Chilton commented by saying:
I always think about Iowa and my first win here in Indy Lights. It’s a great track to race on and the speeds are quite high for such a small oval track. You really have to switch gears going from the biggest road course we run (Road America), to the smallest oval we run on, in back to back events. The Gallagher team is working hard for results and I’m looking forward to hitting the track this weekend.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda will extend his Verizon IndyCar Series career starts tally this weekend as the Brazilian starts his 276th race and will be hoping to celebrate with victory having been on the podium in five of the last seven races here.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event, the Brazilian commented by saying:
Road America was a difficult weekend for us, so I’m ready to get back on an oval and hopefully turn the second half of our season around. Iowa Speedway is such a fun track to race, even though it’s definitely one of the more challenging tracks we visit during the season with the high banking and heavy g-forces. I love it when we can put on a good show for the fans and the short oval in Iowa never disappoints.
Charlie Kimball is excited about this weekend’s race and speaking ahead of the event he commented by saying:
Iowa Speedway is always challenging, both mentally and physically. But really it’s such a great track for the fans–being able to see the whole track from the grandstands makes it a really cool and unique stop on our circuit. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has had a chance to recharge and we’re just ready to get after it this weekend.