Track: Iowa Speedway
Race: Iowa Corn 300
Date: July 8, 2018
No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 300/300
Laps Led: 229
Points Position: 2nd (-33 pts)
- After having a strong practice and qualifying sessions, Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet looked to have a near perfect weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway but ultimately settled for a fourth-place finish.
- Starting the race in the second position, Josef Newgarden quickly made his way to the lead on lap 25 – taking the top spot from teammate Will Power.
- The No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet made its way to the pits on lap 80 to simply take fuel and tires and easily maintained position for the next several laps.
- After the No. 26 car made contact with the wall on lap 138, Newgarden visited the pits on lap 142 for a front wing adjustment, tires, and fuel.
- The No. 1 Chevy returned to the pits for a front wing adjustment, fuel and tires again on lap 223 while still maintaining the lead.
- By lap 259, James Hinchcliffe passed Josef Newgarden into the second position where he remained until the caution flag waved for debris on lap 294.
- Under caution, the No. 1 Chevrolet pitted for fuel and tires and would restart fourth. However, the white-yellow flag waved to conclude the race. Newgarden completed the race in the fourth position.
- Following the race at Iowa, Newgarden has moved up in point standings and now is second in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings heading into Toronto where he is the defending race winner.
Quote: “This is IndyCar racing. You have to expect the unexpected. It’s never sorted out and locked up right at the beginning. We had a great No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet and for the first half of the race, we had the car to beat. And it just fell away from us. Sometimes you can’t predict exactly what you’re going to need at the end of these things. Today, we didn’t have exactly what it was that we needed but we’ll come back and try it again. I think Hinch did a great job. Congrats to him and SPM. They deserved the win. They did a great job at the end there and happy for those guys. I’m just disappointed. We had such a good car and could have capitalized on it in the end but we just seemed to get worse as the race went on. All the guys did a great job. The Hitachi car was fast and Team Chevy did a great job. We’ll just chalk it up to we need to be a little better for next time.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!