Team Penske head to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 race following Will Power’s second win of the season. The Australian is in third place in the championship following his trip to victory lane at the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America last time out. Power is now in third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standing’s having also taken victory in race 2 at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit and speaking ahead of the race in Iowa he commented by saying:
We just want to continue the momentum we’ve built over the last few weeks. The Verizon Chevrolet has been fantastic. Honestly, it’s been great all season, but we kind of kept shooting ourselves in the foot early on. We’ve had some good qualifying efforts at Iowa, but haven’t been as consistent in the finishes. We want to put a full event together which something we’ve been able to do in Detroit and Road America. It’s great to be back in the championship mix. Anything can happen at any of these races and our plan is to keep the pressure on
There are seven races left this season and Simon Pagenaud has been in control of the series this season leading the standing from the second race of the year and despite a difficult race last time out at Road America where the Frenchman finished the race event in 13th place following an engine issue he heads to Iowa with a 74 point lead in the championship and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
I’m excited to be back in the Menards Chevy for the Iowa Corn 300. Menards is such a part of the Midwest and I’m very proud to represent them for more races. They’re a fantastic partner with amazing stores where you can find anything you need. It couldn’t be a better fit with my family which for generations has been involved in the same industry back in France.” (About racing at Iowa): “I’m glad we are back oval racing on the bullring of Iowa (Speedway). It’s a very challenging racetrack both physically and on the car handling. We had a great test this past week and I look forward to an action pack race which should be exciting for the fans. The plan is simple: try to extract the best and maximum points out of the situation.
Juan Pablo Montoya heads into this weekend’s race in ninth place in the standing’s following a tough first half of the season which has resulted in the Colombian scoring just one victory so far this year which came at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Last time out at Road America Montoya finished the race in seventh place and speaking ahead of the race in Iowa he commented by saying:
Iowa is not a place where we’ve had a lot of luck up to this point. So obviously, the DeVilbiss Chevy team looks to turn that around. We’re kind of a Murphy’s Law group this year. We had a good car at Road America but got trapped into a bad result in qualifying. Starting back in the field made it very difficult in the race. We just really haven’t gotten too many breaks this year.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet heads to Iowa following a fifth place at Road America and finds himself in second place in the series points standings on 301 points. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
Iowa is one of those funny places for me. We start up front and always have fast cars, but haven’t closed the deal with a victory. You want to win at every track, but I’d really like to get one here. The Hitachi Chevrolet has been fast all season, and as a team, we’ve been consistent. Second in points is good, but we still have a big gap to cover. We just need to keep working hard, win some races and cut down this lead that Simon (Pagenaud) has.