Hunter-Reay Harvests The Victory At Corn 250 IndyCar Race
Andretti Autosport had a big – and late – night at Iowa Speedway Saturday as driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and teammate Marco Andretti finished first and second respectively there in the Iowa Corn 250 IZOD IndyCar Series Race.
Hunter-Reay’s second consecutive short track victory was reason enough to celebrate. Closing to three points of IZOD IndyCar Series championship front-runner Will Power was a bonus.
Hunter-Reay, who prevailed at the Milwaukee Mile a week earlier following a 90-minute rain delay, won the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway under caution. The start was delayed 40 minutes because of a thunderstorm.
“Awesome,” team owner Michael Andretti said. “I’ll tell you, it was a great day. I’m so happy for Ryan. He did a great job, and so happy for the whole team because all three cars are running really well. To come away with a 1, 2 after the unbelievable weekend we had last weekend is fantastic, and now that really puts us in with Ryan, as well, for a championship.”
Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car, led Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti by 1.2223 seconds on Lap 247 of 250 when the yellow flag flew the next lap for the No. 6 car driven by Katherine Legge making contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 2.
Andretti, the 2011 race winner, earned his first podium finish of the season. Tony Kanaan followed his runner-up finish to Hunter-Reay at Milwaukee with a third place and Scott Dixon was fourth. Simon Pagenaud, who started last in the 25-car field, climbed to fifth in his fourth oval race.
“I said it was hard work last weekend at The Mile,” Hunter-Reay said, “but these short ovals, just they are a handful. Once you get to about halfway through the tire lights, you’re just doing everything you can to keep the car from hitting the wall on exits, and getting through traffic is extremely tough.”
Hunter-Reay, asked about his position in the point standings, said, “You know, it all comes down to consistency and that’s how championships are won. We have to be consistent. We have to go week‑in and week‑out and be consistently strong and be within the Top‑5, for sure, every weekend and certainly the Penske team will and the Ganassi guys and also some wild cards will show up on a lot of these street and road courses.
“So we have to be good there. But we do have Fontana on the schedule and our cars have been really good on the ovals, even the big ones. We just have to be consistent. That’s all we are really focused on, and we are at a point now where we are happen way through the season.
“So there’s still a long, long way to go. I for sure don’t feel like I’m almost there so to speak. I have the same feeling I had after I left Milwaukee: This is not good enough. We need to dig deeper and that’s what we need to do for sure.”
Also on June Saturday, Esteban Guerrieri held off Gustavo Yacaman by 0.4005 of a second to win the Sukup 100 at Iowa Speedway.
It was the third victory of the season for the driver of the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb Agajanian car. Guerrieri has finished in the top five in all but one race (seventh at Belle Isle), which has led him to the Firestone Indy Lights championship points lead.
Guerrieri, running second to teammate Tristan Vautier, inherited the lead on Lap 71 of 115 as Vautier was metered a drive-through penalty for blocking. He rallied to finish fourth (3.9 seconds back) in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM with Curb Agajanian car.
Results Saturday of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 0.894 mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
2. (3) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
3. (19) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
4. (8) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
5. (25) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
6. (2) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
7. (11) Rubens Barrichello, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
8. (21) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
9. (20) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
10. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
11. (14) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running
12. (23) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 247, Running
13. (18) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 244, Running
14. (22) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Lotus, 244, Running
15. (16) Katherine Legge, Dallara-Chevy, 243, Contact
16. (9) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 207, Mechanical
17. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 195, Contact
18. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 178, Contact
19. (10) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 178, Contact
20. (17) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 123, Mechanical
21. (15) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 98, Mechanical
22. (12) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 95, Contact
23. (6) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 67, Contact
24. (24) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 67, Contact
25. (1) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 0, Mechanical
Winners average speed: 129.371
Time of Race: 01:43:39.3031
Margin of victory: Under Caution
Cautions: 6 for 63 laps
Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers
Castroneves 1 – 51
Hinchcliffe 52 – 70
Castroneves 73 – 154
Hunter-Reay 155 – 156
Dixon 157 – 176
Briscoe 177 – 178
Andretti 179 – 181
Dixon 182 – 237
Hunter-Reay 238 – 250
Point Standings: Power 286, Hunter-Reay 283, Dixon 271, Castroneves 261, Hinchcliffe 256, Pagenaud 246, Kanaan 235, Franchitti 216, Briscoe 205, Rahal 193.No Comment