Iowa 300- Quick Thoughts

Photo: Kyle McInnes

Thoughts written too early in the morning/ late at night.

Newgarden not only increased his lead over Rossi by 25 points, he also put Pagenaud farther behind.

The year of dominating drives continues. Rossi won going away at Long Beach and Road America, Pagenaud was the class of the field at Indianapolis, and Newgarden tonight/this morning all won by huge margins.

It was a much needed second for Dixon and a very welcome podium for Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe always does well at Iowa.

Ed Carpenter’s crash ruined what would have been a great team finish for ECR. Pigot finished 5th from his 19th starting spot.

Bourdais’s car really came to life the second half of the race. He went on quite a tear to get a top 10 finish.

Kanaan’s 10th place has to feel like a victory for him and A. J. Four Racing.

Dixon has finished first or second in 28% of his career races.

Veach had his best race of the season moving up 13 spots to 7th.

The late start and changed weather conditions may have affected Pagenaud’s car.

Will Power jumped to the lead but after Newgarden passed him he could not fhight back.  Another pit mistake and penalty pushed him further down the final standings.

The pole sitter still has never won at Iowa.

Lots of credit to Iowa Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series for their hard work to get the complete race in.

Much appreciation to all the fans who stayed for the entire race.

Rossi will need to repeat last year’s performance at Mid Ohio next weekend to keep Newgarden in sight.

Look for a full race report tomorrow on Wildfire Sports.

Thanks for following this weekend. 



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