IndyCar Iowa Corn Indy 250 Live Thread

The IndyCars Hit the Bullring at Iowa [Iowa Corn Indy 250 Live Thread]

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Blog Photo - IndyCar Iowa Corn Indy 250 Live ThreadIowa Speedway isn't considered a glamour stop or a sponsor favorite on the IndyCar circuit, but it's a damn important stop all the same. The crowds pack in the place unlike any other oval on the schedule except Indianapolis. The cars and drivers do their part with some fine racing action. The expectation is more of the same with this year's Iowa Corn Indy 250.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay come into the race 1 and 2 in the points, but both disappointingly start midpack, together in row 6. Hunter-Reay never got it going in qualifying or in the heat races that set the field. For Helio, however, it was a different story. He won the heat race that set the front of the field, and thus was awarded the pole and the championship points that went with it. However, the #3 Penske team later changed the engine, and thus took a 10 spot grid penalty. There have been multiple engine changes and penalties this week, including by both Target cars. They will start mid-pack (Scott Dixon in 15th) and towards the very back of the pack (Dario Franchitti in 21st).

The beneficiary of Helio's engine change is his teammate Will Power, who will lead the field to the green. Power desperately needs to get his season going if he's to have any chance of getting back in the title hunt. A win here, especially since it would come on an oval, would do just the trick. Starting alongside Power will be James Hinchcliffe. Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, and Tony Kanaan complete an all-Chevy top five, yet another dominant session for the Bowtie on an oval. The top Honda starter is Graham Rahal (who desperately need a good result) in 6th.

Iowa Speedway is different from any other track on the schedule. It's the shortest track IndyCar visits, but drives almost like a superspeedway. The result is another driver's track, and the variable of traffic, very much like what we saw last week in Milwaukee.

It rained quite hard this morning at Iowa, but it's clear now and the track is drying. Hopefully we'll be ready to race once the broadcast begins at 2:30 on ABC, with green flag scheduled for 3:05. Timing and scoring can be found here, and More Front Wing's Event Summary can be found here. Q it up throughout the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
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Points Standings:

1. Helio Castroneves 332
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay -9 (the deficit is the 9 points Helio scored in the heat race)
3. Marco Andretti -55
4. James Hinchcliffe -66
5. Tony Kanaan -79
6. Simon Pagenaud -91
7. Scott Dixon -92
8. Takuma Sato -99
9. Justin Wilson -105
10. Will Power -123

We are through 10 of 19 races. IndyCar finally has a week off next weekend, then it's off to Pocono July 7th.

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Unofficial Results:

1. James Hinchcliffe (much the best today, 3rd win of the season)
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (results on the ovals this year: 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd)
3. Tony Kanaan (4th straight podium at Iowa)
4. Ed Carpenter
5. Graham Rahal (he needed a race like this)
6. Simon Pagenaud
7. Oriol Servia
8. Helio Castroneves
9. Marco Andretti
10. EJ Viso
11. Justin Wilson -1 lap
12. Charlie Kimball -1 lap
13. Tristan Vautier -2 laps
14. Sebastien Bourdais -2 laps
15. Josef Newgarden -2 laps
16. Scott Dixon -3 laps (late in the race he kept hitting the rev limiter for some reason, ruined his race)
17. Will Power -3 laps
18. James Jakes -3 laps
19. Sebastian Saavedra -3 laps
20. Dario Franchitti -4 laps (Ouch)
21. Simona de Silvestro -7 laps (it's getting pretty bad for her, lots of complaints about her driving today)
22. Ana Beatriz DNF (Mechanical)
23. Takuma Sato DNF (Mechanical)
24. Alex Tagliani DNF (Contact)

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James Hinchcliffe wins the Iowa Corn Indy 250! It was an absolute dominating performance, second only to Mike Conway in the first Detroit race this year. Full results to come.

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Ed to 4th on the final lap.

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TK by Graham for 3rd, and Ed is catching both.

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Hunter-Reay gets boxed in by traffic and that might be it. 7 to go.

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12 to go, but Hinch is hitting traffic again.

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Make that 2.5 seconds with 20 laps to go.

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Hunter-Reay is gaining. Only 3 seconds back. Graham and TK battle for 3rd.

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Top five with 30 to go: Hinch, RHR (5 seconds back), Rahal, TK, Pagenaud

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The remaining cars pit (Ed had a right rear problem which killed his stop). Hinch is back in front big time.

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Ed, TK, and Wilson have yet to pit. 41 laps to go.

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Delay on the left front on Hinch's pit stop. We'll see how much it hurts him.

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Final pit stops have begun.

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Bia slowed down, but got back to pit lane, so no caution.

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And Graham back to 2nd. Helio, meanwhile, is up to 5th.

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Graham made a bad decision trying to get by lapped traffic, and Hunter-Reay got by him for 2nd. Now to see if RHR has the horses for Hinch. No one else has.

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If TK can get through the traffic, he's got the car to be a factor. But he's only 9th and there's not a lot of race left. 75 to go.

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Power slowed. Sato pits and is done. Hunter-Reay's charge continues. He's up to 3rd.

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Side by side for the lead, but Hinchcliffe keeps it!

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Tags came out after his spin, was painfully slow, and parked it. He's the first car out.

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Restarted for all of 5 laps before yellow for debris on the front stretch. Yes, they showed it.

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Power was lapped just before that caution came out. 12 cars are on the lead lap.

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Yellow after Tagliani spins, continuing his awful season.

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As Hinch works his way through traffic, Rahal is catching him. Lead down to 1.3 seconds now.

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Pit stops done. Hinchcliffe still leads, then Graham, Marco, Pagenaud, and Servia.

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Graham takes 2nd on the outside, which of course was missed by commercials. Sato starts the next pit stop sequence.

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Hunter-Reay is back into the top 10. Andretti and Rahal battle for 2nd.

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On the opposite side, Power has dropped back to 10th and is struggling with his car. Meanwhile, Pagenaud and Rahal have gotten by Carpenter for 3rd and 4th, then Graham got by Simon for 3rd.

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Pagenaud is quietly up to 4th.

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Marco to 2nd, but Hinch has again checked out. ABC is wisely focusing on the action elsewhere on the track, which is fast and furious.

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Hunter-Reay got a new nose on the caution and moving back up through the field.

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4 wide on the restart! Wow!

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There was just a National Guard commercial with JR Hildebrand talking about veteran's unemployment. There's a slight problem with that...

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Field pits and Hinch keeps the lead, followed by Power, Ed, Marco, and Servia. TK had an issue with the right front and is the big loser, dropping 6 spots.

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Caution for debris after Hunter-Reay clipped the rear wheel of Graham while trying to pass.

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Carpenter by Power for 2nd. Hinch is up 4.5 seconds already.

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Hinchcliffe leads as he starts to hit traffic. Ed and TK are both around Marco for 3rd and 4th. RHR and Helio are 9th and 10th.

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We are green, and the high side is already getting use.

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The rain is gone, but the start will still be delayed a few minutes because of some weepers.