Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan is hoping the No.10 NTT DATA crew can carry forward the moment that they had from the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America to this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.
Last time out Kanaan started the Kohler Grand Prix from third place and came home in second place behind race winner Will Power. The Brazilian has a great record here having taken victory for Andretti Autosport in 2010. Kanaan goes into the race in sixth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings on 280 just three behind Josef Newgarden and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Kanaan commented by saying:
We’re coming off a really great race at Road America last weekend and I’m looking forward to NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing keeping the momentum going this weekend in Iowa. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the short ovals, especially Iowa Speedway. It can be one of the more challenging tracks with the g forces and high banking, but the racing is always very exciting for both the fans and the drivers. The fans are so supportive in Iowa and really show their love of Indy car racing, so we look forward to coming back as a series to put on a good show for them.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will be hoping that he can get his championship battle back on track having retired from the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit. The New Zealander has never finished highly than third at the Iowa Corn 300 and speaking ahead of the race weekend Dixon who took victory at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be hoping to challenge at the front commented by saying:
Iowa Speedway is such a tough track for racing Indy cars. You have very high g-force loading and there is always a lot of action on that little bullring-style track. You really have to be on your game with traffic and the quick lap times. It’s got a lot more character having weathered in over the past few years and the bumps in Turns 1 and 2. The track grip has come down a little bit as well, which makes it interesting. I really love this event and especially the fans that attend – they really love Indy car racing and show their support.
Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet heads to the Iowa Corn 300 having taken victory here last season while competing in the Indy Lights series and speaking ahead of the race weekend the former F1 driver stated:
I’m really looking forward to Iowa as that was the site of my first win in America in Indy Lights (in 2015). The track is very fast and we just did testing there last week, so it’s one of the few tracks I’m entering my rookie season where I have some confidence and don’t have to come in and learn it when we show up. The Ganassi cars have been fast so far this year, we just need to put together an entire race and I think good results will happen for the Gallagher team.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet commented ahead of the race weekend by saying:
Iowa is always a fun race, for fans and drivers alike. It’s challenging with getting the balance right for the high banking and, of course, the sheer speed around a short oval like Iowa Speedway just adds to it. We’re just making small gains every session, every lap, every weekend, so I think the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will be strong going into the Iowa Corn 300 on Sunday.