Following a weekend off the Verizon IndyCar Series gets back to work this weekend as we reach the business end of the season. The teams and drivers head to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300 this weekend where current points leader Simon Pagenaud will be hoping to bounce back following a difficult race last time out at Road America which saw the Frenchman’s lead cut to 74 points.
Defending series champion Scott Dixon will also be hoping for a better weekend this time out as he retired from the Kohler Grand Prix.
The Iowa Corn 300 is the first oval event since the abandoned Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway which at the time of the suspension of the race, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was leading the race and the Canadian will be hoping that he will be able to build on his performance from Texas and carry it through to Iowa this weekend.
Following his accident at Texas Motor Speedway which resulted in a broken collarbone and fractured wrist Josef Newgarden heads to the Iowa Speedway following a spectacular result at Road America which saw the American start the race from 20th place and carve his way through the field to finish the race in 8th place keeping his championship hopes alive.
Newgarden who admitted that Iowa could prove to be a challenge this weekend with his wrist is currently in fifth place in the points just two behind Scott Dixon and nine behind third placed Will Power. Newgarden has been consistent all season and will has shown great determination particularly as his season looked to be over following the crash.
The next week is going to be extremely busy for the Verizon IndyCar Series as this weekend they are at the Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300 and next weekend they head to Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto.