Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power in the 12 Chevrolet started Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. Starting the race from 8th place on the grid the Australian came through the field to finish the race just behind race winner Josef Newgarden to claim his third podium finish in a row following back to back victories at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 and the Kohler Grand Prix.
Power heads to Canada this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto in third place in the series points standings and speaking following Sunday’s race he commented by saying:
It was a really good run. I think we had a very good long run car. We had people come back to us at the end of the stint so I was very happy that it went full green there at the end. That allowed us to get up to second. I’m just stoked to finish well at Iowa. It was tight racing cause those two guys I was racing against are guys we’re definitely racing in the championship. Obviously I didn’t want to get passed but I wanted to get by them. They’re very trustworthy drivers and very good to race with.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud started the race from pole position having secured Roger Penske’s 500th pole award on Saturday, however the Frenchman in the No.22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet was passed by Josef Newgaden’s No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and ended the race in 4th place.
Pagenaud heads to the Honda Indy Toronto race this weekend with a 73 point lead in the champion over Josef Newgarden and speaking following the race in Iowa he commented by saying:
It was a great day overall for the Menards Chevy. We had a really good car at the start and unfortunately we ran an adjustment pretty quickly when the track changed with the Firestone rubber coming down halfway through the race. We ended up having to deal with what we had. We just didn’t have enough pace at the end to contend for the win. So, fourth today I think is a great day, honestly. I’m very pleased with second in Phoenix and fourth here. Our short oval program has improved massively compared to last year. I’m proud of everyone at Team Penske and the 22 team did a fantastic job again.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet started the race from third place on the grid but was left disappointed by the end of the Iowa Corn 300 as he came home in 13th and as a result has dropped second to fifth in the series points standings. Speaking following Sunday’s race he commented by saying:
The Hitachi Chevrolet was a top-five car here at Iowa Speedway, especially after we made some changes in the third pit stop. However, we got caught under the caution, unfortunately. We couldn’t catch a break and we tried everything to stay out and every time we stopped the caution came out. It was not a good day for us after that, but we can’t give up. We have to move on and look forward to Toronto.
Juan Pablo Montoya is hoping for a better race this weekend in Toronto have been forced to retire from the Iowa Corn 300 following a mechanical issue with his No.2 Devilbliss Team Penske Chevrolet. The Colombian who started the race from 11th place was classified in 20th at the end of the race and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
The DeVilbiss Chevy was running so well today. We struggled a little bit in qualifying because we couldn’t get a clear assessment on the assimilations there, but we knew that we had a strong car for today’s race and I really thought we had a shot at the win. As we adjusted the car, it was getting better and better. So, obviously disappointed with how things ended. Again, I just want to thank DeVilbiss, Chevrolet and Verizon for supporting us and we’ll look ahead to better results in Toronto.