Matheus Leist Previews Iowa

Matheus Leist

MATHEUS LEIST on Iowa Speedway: “Iowa, it’s a tough place. We struggled there in the past as a team, but we’ve worked hard through the season trying to improve our baseline for the short ovals. Luckily we have some time on Friday and I know we’ll figure it out and have a decent car for the race on Saturday. I think the Iowa race being a night race now will be more interesting and I think the fans can expect some more entertainment than last year, let’s see how it goes. Looking forward to it.”

Last Race: At Toronto, Kanaan started 22nd and finished 17th while Leist started and finished in 19th. Both drivers were caught up in a first lap multi-car accident, but Leist had to pit for a new front wing/nose assembly and lost a lap in the process.

Past Performance at Iowa Speedway: In 12 races, Kanaan’s best start is second (2015) and best finish is winning in 2010 with Andretti Autosport. TK has led 523 laps and has five podiums: a victory, two seconds and two thirds. Leist won here in Indy Lights in 2017; last year in his first IndyCar race here, he parked it after 40 laps with handling issues.  AJ Foyt Racing’s best start is 13th with Takuma Sato (2016) and Tony Kanaan (2018), and its best finish is fifth in 2007 with Darren Manning.


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