Honda IndyCar Iowa Race Report

7/11/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 12, 2014

 

Iowa Corn Indy 300 Race Report

Circuit:                             Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA

2013 Winner:     James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) 148.559 mph average

Weather:           Overcast, scattered showers, 81 degrees F

 

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

13.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

300

131.923 mph avg.; led 2 laps

  2.

21.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

300

-0.5814 seconds

  3.

  2.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

  4.

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

  5.

10.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

  6.

14.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

300

 

  7.

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

300

 

  8.

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

  9.

  8.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

10.

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

300

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

11.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  

Honda Dallara

300

Running

12.

  5.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

300

Running

13.

18.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

300

Running

15.

20.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

296

Running

18.

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

229

Did not finish – mechanical

20.

22.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

  78

Did not finish – driver illness

21.

12.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

  47

Did not finish – crash

22.

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

  47

Did not finish – crash

 

Honda Finishes 1-2 at Iowa Speedway

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay scores his third win of 2014 in a 1-2 finish for Honda

·       Josef Newgarden finishes second, equaling career-best finish

·       Honda’s sixth IndyCar Series race victory of 2014

 

Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first three-time winner of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, when his Andretti Autosport team made a bold call to give up track position and make a pit stop for fresh tires during a late-race caution period.

 

Running in 10th place when the green flag waved with just nine laps remaining around the tight, eight-tenths of a mile oval, Hunter-Reay rocketed through the field, passing multiple cars, and overtook race leader Tony Kanaan as the pair took the white flag for the penultimate lap.  The victory was Hunter-Reay’s third of the season, following wins at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Indianapolis 500. 

 

With his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team making the same late-race call, Josef Newgarden emerged from the pits even further back – 12th – but put on an equally impressive charge to also work his way past Kanaan on the final lap.  His second-place finish is his best of 2014, and equals his career-best IndyCar Series result.

 

Pamela Doucot, from Santa Maria, California, led the field prior to today’s race start in the two-seat Honda Indy car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk.  For more information on the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com.  

 

Video News Releases from this weekend’s action in Iowa – and Sunday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group.  CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series summer run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the third and final “doubleheader” race weekend of 2014, the July 19-20 Honda Indy Toronto, on the downtown Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ont.

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 12 of 18 rounds):

1. Helio Castroneves     471 points (1 win)                     6. Carlos Munoz (R)              358

2. Will Power                462 (2 wins)                              7. Marco Andretti                  337

3. Ryan Hunter Reay     439 (3 wins)                   8. Scott Dixon                     331

4. Simon Pagenaud      421 (2 wins)                  9. Ryan Briscoe                   307

5. Juan Pablo Montoya405 (1 win)                    10. Tony Kanaan                  305

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

1. Chevrolet                              1,631 (6 wins)                     

2. Honda                         1,096 (6 wins)                     

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) Iowa race winner, first three-time race winner in 2014:  “What a crazy night; it was unreal.  We up picked some spots early in the race, but it was really frustrating at times, as we seemed unable to move up from seventh or eighth.  At the end, [team owner] Michael Andretti made a bold move, calling for fresh tires. That was so much fun, to be on new tires while everyone else was on old ones.  I was passing cars right and left. It was blur, picking a line and just slicing through them.  Tony [Kanaan] was tough, though, even on old tires.  It made for a good show.  We definitely stole one tonight.”

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) started 21st, finished 2nd:  It's nice to get a result, finally. Maybe it was a little unorthodox, but sometimes you've got to make the calls that will put you in that position. It was like a video game at the end, and I knew it was going to be really interesting. It was just a question of finding a clear lane [to move forward]. It was crazy how effective new tires were compared to 30-35 lap-old tires. They were so much faster, it was almost easy. We probably got more than we deserved tonight, and sometimes you have to take that. I'm happy for our group. Hopefully we can build some momentum from this."

 

Marc Sours (Senior Manager, Chief Engineer, Commercial Division) on tonight’s 1-2 finish for Honda:  “Tonight’s race just goes to show that in racing, just as in life, perseverance is a useful characteristic.  Until the final 10 laps, when different tire strategies came into play, it appeared to be difficult to pass in the race, and for a lot of the race, the running order was not too different from qualifying. It took a calculated risk by a few of our teams right at the end to make the difference.  Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Andretti Autosport organization and to Josef Newgarden and the Sarah Fisher Hartman team on making the right calls, and never giving up.” 

 

For photos from today’s race, go to:

http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101723

 



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