Iowa 300

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The Iowa INDYCAR 250s[1] was an IndyCar Series race held at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The first event was held in 2007. From 2007 to 2013, it was a 250-lap (218.75 miles) race; beginning in 2014, the race was increased to 300 laps (262.5 miles). For 2020, the race reverts to 250 laps, with consecutive 250-lap races on Friday and Saturday night.

Iowa 300
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IndyCar Series
VenueIowa Speedway
First race2007
Last race2020
Distance218.75 miles
Laps250
Previous namesIowa Corn Indy 250
(2007–2013)
Iowa Corn Indy 300
(2014–2015)
Iowa Corn 300
(2016–2018)
Most wins (driver)Ryan Hunter-Reay (3)
Most wins (team)Andretti Autosport (7)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chassis: Dallara (13)
Engine: Honda (8)

Indy car history in IowaEdit

The first Championship Car race in Iowa took place on July 9, 1915. AAA held a 100-mile (160 km) race at Tri-State Fair Grounds in Burlington, Iowa, won by Bob Burman. Additional AAA races were held at Des Moines Speedway in Valley Junction, a one-mile (1.6 km) wooden board track, in 1915 and 1916. Only two championship car races, won by Ralph Mulford and Ralph DePalma respectively, were held at Des Moines, as the track closed and was dismantled shortly thereafter.

On August 6, 2006, IndyCar & Iowa Speedway officials announced the first IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway would be held June 24, 2007. The race itself was a crashfest with the 10th-place finisher of Scott Dixon finishing 77 laps down to the winning driver of Dario Franchitti.

In October 2013, Iowa Speedway announced that the 2014 race was extended to 300 laps.[2]

In most years since its inception, the race has been held as a Sunday afternoon event. In 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2019, it was held as a Saturday night race under the lights.

In 2020 IndyCar had two 250-lap races at the track using a double header format with both races taking place at night on July 17 and 18. On September 30, 2020 IndyCar revealed their 2021 schedule and announced that due to financial issues with the Iowa Speedway their date had been dropped from the schedule along with Richmond Raceway, the latter not hosting a race in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Virginia.[3]

Past winnersEdit

IndyCar SeriesEdit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race
Time
Average Speed Report
Laps Miles (km)
2007 June 24   Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:48:14 123.896 mph (199.391 km/h) Report
2008 June 22   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:38:36 136.007 mph (218.882 km/h) Report
2009 June 21   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:39:48 134.371 mph (216.249 km/h) Report
2010 June 20   Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:42:13 131.205 mph (211.154 km/h) Report
2011 June 25   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:53:00 118.671 mph (190.982 km/h) Report
2012 June 23   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:43:39 129.371 mph (208.202 km/h) Report
2013 June 23   James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:30:16 148.559 mph (239.083 km/h) Report
2014 July 12   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 300 262.5 (422.452) 2:01:59 131.923 mph (212.309 km/h) Report
2015 July 18   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda 300 262.5 (422.452) 2:03:50 129.943 mph (209.123 km/h) Report
2016 July 10   Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara Chevrolet 300 262.5 (422.452) 1:52:16 143.330 mph (230.667 km/h) Report
2017 July 9   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 300 262.5 (422.452) 1:55:11 139.702 mph (224.829 km/h) Report
2018 July 8   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara Honda 300 262.5 (422.452) 1:47:32 149.636 mph (240.816 km/h) Report
2019* July 20*
July 21*
  Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 300 262.5 (422.452) 1:56:53 137.664 mph (221.549 km/h) Report
2020 July 17   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:41:25 132.220 mph (212.787 km/h) Report
July 18   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 250 218.75 (352.044) 1:38:40 135.900 mph (218.710 km/h)
  • 2019: Race started four hours late due to thunderstorms within 7 miles of the circuit plus rain delay. Race started just before Midnight EST on July 20. The race finished at 2:15 AM EST on July 21, including a red flag 55 laps in due to a brief rain shower.

Current support series winnersEdit

ARCAEdit

Starting in 2015 the race was held as a support race for the IndyCar weekend.

Year Date Driver Manufacturer Race Distance Race
Time
Average Speed Ref
Laps Miles (km)
2015 July 17 Mason Mitchell Chevrolet 159* 139.125 (223.90) 1:42:36 81.364 mph (130.943 km/h) [4]
2016 July 17 Chase Briscoe Ford 150 131.25 (211.23) 1:14:42 105.403 mph (169.630 km/h) [5]
2017 July 8 Dalton Sargeant Ford 150 131.25 (211.23) 1:27:30 90.395 mph (145.477 km/h) [6]
2018 July 7 Sheldon Creed Toyota 150 131.25 (211.23) 1:19:56 98.521 mph (158.554 km/h) [7]
2019 July 19 Chandler Smith Toyota 150 131.25 (211.23) 1:20:40 97.624 mph (157.111 km/h) [8]
2020 July 18 Ty Gibbs Toyota 150 131.25 (211.23) 1:22:23 95.590 mph (153.837 km/h) [9]

Previous support series winnersEdit

Indy Lights SeriesEdit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race
Time
Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2007 June 23   Alex Lloyd Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Infiniti 115 100.625 (161.94) 0:53:19 115.707 mph (186.212 km/h)
2008 June 21   Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 0:47:06 130.986 mph (210.802 km/h)
2009 June 20   Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 0:48:05 128.285 mph (206.455 km/h)
2010 June 19   Sebastián Saavedra Bryan Herta Autosport 0:46:10 133.614 mph (215.031 km/h)
2011 June 25   Josef Newgarden Sam Schmidt Motorsports 0:40:27 152.478 mph (245.390 km/h)
2012 June 23   Esteban Guerrieri Sam Schmidt Motorsports 0:40:59 150.530 mph (242.255 km/h)
2013 June 22   Sage Karam Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 0:39:59 154.274 mph (248.280 km/h)
2014
Not held
2015 July 18   Max Chilton Carlin Dallara Mazda 100 87.5 (140.817) 0:36:50 145.621 mph (234.354 km/h)
2016 July 10   Félix Serrallés Carlin 0:34:45 154.396 mph (248.476 km/h)
2017 July 9   Matheus Leist Carlin 0:37:08 144.436 mph (232.447 km/h)
2018 July 8   Patricio O'Ward Andretti Autosport 0:34:37 154.935 mph (249.344 km/h)

U.S. F2000 National ChampionshipEdit

Season Date Driver Team Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2017 July 9 Oliver Askew Cape Motorsports 60 52.50 (84.491) 0:24:48.4972 126.970 mph (204.338 km/h)

Pro MazdaEdit

Season Date Driver Team Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2015 July 18 Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport 100 87.50 (140.8176) 0:42:28.9554 123.580 mph (198.883 km/h)

USAC National Midget ChampionshipEdit

Season Date Driver Race Distance
Laps Miles (km)
2009 June 19 Bobby Santos III 30 26.25 mi (42.25 km)
2011 June 24 Caleb Armstrong 50 43.75 mi (70.41 km)
2012 June 22 Bobby Santos III 30 26.25 mi (42.25 km)
Source:[10]

USAC Silver Crown SeriesEdit

Season Date Driver Race Distance
Laps Miles (km)
2011 June 24 Bobby East 100 87.50 mi (140.82 km)
2012 June 22 Bobby East 100 87.50 mi (140.82 km)
Source:[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (2013-06-23). "Hinchcliffe dominates Iowa for first oval win". IndyCar Series. Archived from the original on 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.autosport.com/indycar/news/152546/indycar-reveals-2021-calendar-two-ovals-gone
  4. ^ "2015 #ThisIsMySpeedway 150". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 ABC Supply 150". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "2017 Fans With Benefits 150". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "2018 Fans With Benefits 150". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "2019 Fans With Benefits 150". Racing Reference. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "2020 Shore Lunch 150". Racing Reference. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Iowa Speedway event history from The Third Turn
  11. ^ Iowa Speedway event history from The Third Turn

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