Ed Carpenter Racing head to the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway following a successful race at the Road America circuit which saw Josef Newgarden not only finish the race following his huge crash at Texas Motor Speedway but in finishing the race in 8th place having started the race in 21st place the American has kept his Verizon IndyCar Series title hopes alive.
Newgarden broke his collarbone and his wrist in the accident in Texas and many myself included believed that his season was over however he has done a fantastic job and heads to Iowa a venue where he has done so well in the past aiming to continue that trend.
Ed Carpenter Racing tested at Iowa last weekend with JR Hildebrand in the car to give Newgarden more time to recover from his injuries and speaking ahead of the on track action he commented by saying:
I’m excited for Iowa. We should have a really good shot at going there and winning the race with either of the Fuzzy’s Vodka cars. We had a great test and I am super thankful to J.R. Hildebrand for getting us in a great spot going into the weekend. We just need to show up and execute well. If we do, I think we have all the ingredients necessary to have a strong weekend.
Team owner Ed Carpenter returns to the cockpit this weekend following a race off last time out at the Kohler Grand Prix as he only competes on the oval circuits. Carpenter is not the only one to return this weekend as Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka are back as the primary sponsor to the No.21 Chevrolet after Direct Supply sponsored Newgarden’s effort at Road America last time out.
Carpenter has four top ten finishes in his last four races here and will be hoping to continue that trend this weekend and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
We were able to test at Iowa and I thought it went really well. The track has done a nice job of smoothing things out a little in Turn 1. The past few years it has been a night race, so it will be a little challenging this year. The 20 car needs to be a little better yet to be a race winning car, but this test gave us a good direction before we get back on track on Saturday.
In a change to the usual schedule the Iowa Corn 300 will take place on Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night like in previous years and will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network from 5PM ET.