Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet started Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from the front row in second place and that is where he finished at the end of the 300 lap race.
Hildebrand secured his second Verizon IndyCar Series podium of the season and ran up front all night and finished just behind race winner Helio Castroneves. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It feels good. I definitely think that under some slightly different circumstances we had a car to win out there. The guys made a great call to pit early and get out into the lead at the end and try to hustle all the way. I think if we’d been on equal tires with Helio (Castroneves) we’d have had something for him there at the end – but all-and-all really excited for the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew to get on the podium here again. They definitely deserved it after the weekend that we had. Hopefully this gets us kicked off for a stretch run going into the rest of the year.
Team owner Ed Carpenter started the race from 4th place on the grid and battled with a poor handling race car and a broken weight jacker and finished the race in 12th place and speaking following the race, Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet commented by saying:
There are a lot of emotions after a day like today. I finished 12th and that’s not what I came here to do. It’s disappointing from that standpoint. Obviously, I’m happy for JR and the result he got for the team, but I’m also just disappointed in my day. It’s hard to get past those emotions. We don’t totally know what happened; we definitely had a weight jacker failure which sure didn’t help anything. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch a break with one of my last two races this year and get a good result, hopefully get a win. It’s been too long!