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The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 was the 10th Round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season[1] and the 10th consecutive year the Verizon IndyCar Series visited the Newton, Iowa short oval. The race was broadcast on NBCSN[2] with Brian Till as the Lap-By-Lap Announcer. Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport entered as the defending winner of the race.[3]

United States 2016 Iowa Corn 300
Race details
10th round of the 2016 IndyCar Series season
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DateJuly 10, 2016
Official nameIowa Corn 300
LocationIowa Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
0.875 mi / 1.400 km
Distance300 laps
268.2 mi / 431.63 km
Pole position
DriverSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
Time34.6334
Fastest lap
DriverJosef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing)
Time17.9317 (on lap 265 of 300)
Podium
FirstJosef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing)
SecondWill Power (Team Penske)
ThirdScott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)

Contents

Race SummaryEdit

The race was moved to a Sunday afternoon due to the Saturday Night slot on NBCSN taken up by the Quaker State 400 of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[4] Qualifying saw Simon Pagenaud take his fifth pole of the season while also giving Team Penske its 500th pole position across all series.[5] Ryan Hunter-Reay started 20th, and would have to climb through the field to repeat his victory. The race started on schedule with Josef Newgarden taking the lead from Pagenaud and leading the first 50 laps. As pit stops began to cycle through, the lead would shuffle to Pagenaud, then to Max Chilton, and then Alexander Rossi, before Newgarden returned to the lead. The race saw its first yellow flag when defending winner Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered an engine failure on lap 108 and came to a halt on track. The caution flag ended Newgarden's chance to lap the field, as many previously lapped cars were waved around to the tail end of the lead lap. The race restarted on lap 128, where Newgarden once again began to pull away from the field. Caution flew once more on lap 179, when Juan Pablo Montoya suffered an engine failure and, like Hunter-Reay, came to a stop on course. The race returned to green flag racing on lap 188. The third and final caution came for a spin by Max Chilton in turn 2 on lap 246, which bunched the field up for a 40 lap sprint to the end. Newgarden, however, was still untouchable and cruised away to win by over four seconds over Will Power, despite suffering a broken wrist the previous weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Only five cars remained on the lead lap by the time the checkered flag fell.[6][7]

Newgarden's 282 laps led set a record for most laps led in a Verizon IndyCar Series race.[8] His victory also moved him up to second place in the championship, making him a serious contender to take victory. Chevrolet was dominant again, as they had been for much of the season, with the top four positions all going to Chevrolet powered cars. Mikhail Aleshin's fifth place finish made him the highest placed Honda driver. Alexander Rossi was the highest placed rookie in the field, coming in sixth. It was his best finish since his Indianapolis 500 victory. Only three drivers retired during the race; Juan Pablo Montoya, Conor Daly, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, all with engine related issues.

ResultsEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Name Lap 1 Time Lap 2 Time Total Time Avg. Speed (mph)
1 22   Simon Pagenaud 17.3089 17.3245 34.6334 185.855
2 21   Josef Newgarden 17.3314 17.3424 34.6738 185.639
3 3   Hélio Castroneves 17.3605 17.3517 34.7122 185.433
4 8   Max Chilton R 17.3768 17.3380 34.7148 185.419
5 83   Charlie Kimball 17.4438 17.4461 34.8899 184.489
6 10   Tony Kanaan W 17.4720 17.4291 34.9011 184.430
7 20   Ed Carpenter 17.4501 17.4681 34.9182 184.339
8 12   Will Power 17.5366 17.4490 34.9856 183.984
9 7   Mikhail Aleshin 17.6076 17.6135 35.2211 182.754
10 9   Scott Dixon 17.6701 17.5716 35.2417 182.647
11 2   Juan Pablo Montoya 17.5590 17.6840 35.2430 182.641
12 15   Graham Rahal 17.6816 17.6364 35.3180 182.253
13 14   Takuma Sato 17.7213 17.6556 35.3769 181.949
14 41   Jack Hawksworth 17.7138 17.7072 35.4255 181.700
15 26   Carlos Muñoz 17.8024 17.7469 35.5493 181.067
16 11   Sébastien Bourdais 17.8887 17.6884 35.5771 180.925
17 98   Alexander Rossi R 17.7853 17.7929 35.5782 180.920
18 19   Gabby Chaves 17.8346 17.8481 35.6827 180.390
19 27   Marco Andretti W 17.7837 17.9196 35.7033 180.286
20 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay W 17.9788 17.8004 35.7792 179.903
21 18   Conor Daly R 18.0670 17.9641 36.0311 178.646
22 5   James Hinchcliffe W 18.3330 18.4430 36.7760 175.027
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

Source[9]

Race ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 21   Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 300 1:52:16.3613 4 2 282 53
2 12   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 300 +4.2828 4 8 40
3 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 300 +5.5085 4 10 1 36
4 22   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 300 +6.1827 4 1 11 34
5 7   Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 300 +7.0386 4 9 30
6 98   Alexander Rossi R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 299 +1 Lap 4 17 4 29
7 10   Tony Kanaan W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 299 +1 Lap 4 6 26
8 11   Sébastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 299 +1 Lap 5 16 24
9 5   James Hinchcliffe W Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 299 +1 Lap 4 22 22
10 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 299 +1 Lap 4 5 20
11 14   Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 298 +2 Laps 4 13 19
12 26   Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 298 +2 Laps 5 15 18
13 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 298 +2 Laps 4 3 17
14 27   Marco Andretti W Andretti Autosport Honda 298 +2 Laps 4 19 16
15 41   Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 298 +2 Laps 4 14 15
16 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 297 +3 Laps 4 12 14
17 19   Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Honda 293 +7 Laps 5 18 13
18 20   Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 284 +16 Laps 4 7 12
19 8   Max Chilton R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 274 +26 Laps 3 4 2 12
20 2   Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 179 Mechanical 3 11 10
21 18   Conor Daly R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 141 Mechanical 4 21 9
22 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay W Andretti Autosport Honda 105 Mechanical 1 20 8
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.

Source for time gaps:[6]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Malsher, David (October 27, 2015). "IndyCar's 2016 schedule confirms return of Phoenix and Road America". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "INDYCAR: New additions to 2016 TV programming". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. March 10, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "2015 Iowa Corn Indy 300". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Full 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule". USA Today. Gannett Company. January 26, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Malsher, David (July 9, 2016). "Pagenaud on pole as Chevrolet dominates at Iowa". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Malsher, David (July 11, 2016). "Injured Newgarden dominates Iowa with record run". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Miller, Robin (July 10, 2016). "INDYCAR: Newgarden dominates in Iowa". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Louge, Andrew (July 10, 2016). "Newgarden wins Iowa Corn 300 in record-setting fashion". The Des Moines Register. Newton, Iowa: Gannett Company. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Race Report: Iowa Corn 300". theapexracing.co. TheApex.racing LLC. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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