Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet took a dominant victory in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. The win was ‘Spider-Man’s’ first win since Detroit 2014. Castroneves said the No.3 was on rails and they didn’t put a foot wrong.
It was Team Penske’s first win at Iowa Speedway and he finished the race in just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand and has now closed the championship to just eight points behind Scott Dixon.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL was the highest placed Honda driver finishing the race in third place completing the podium while pole sitter Will Power finished the race in fourth place just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl Honda.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet rounded out the top six just ahead of his team mate and reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda had a fun race despite a difficult day coming from 17th place on the grid to finish the race in eighth place just ahead of his Chip Ganassi Racing team mate Tony Kanaan who finished the race in ninth place in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top ten in the No.5 Arrow Honda.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda finished the race in 11th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet who finished the race in 12th place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez who did a fantastic job to finish his first oval race in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 13th place for Dale Coyne Racing just ahead of the Chip Ganassi Racing pairing of Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.
Takuma Sato finished the race in 16th place for Andretti Autosport just ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti while Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones, racing with a broke foot finished the race in 18th place. AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin retired from the race.
The race was red flagged due to moisture on the track with rain around the circuit but the stoppage didn’t last long.
Next stop on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Honda Indy Toronto next weekend.