Ed Carpenter
Jul 11

IndyCar: Drivers Preview Saturday Night Shootout At Iowa

Will Power (12) enters Saturday night's race at Iowa tied for the championship lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

(12) enters Saturday night’s race at tied for the championship lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

When it comes to racing in front of the grass roots fans, nothing beats a Verizon Series race at .

This is the heart of open-wheel Sprint Car country with the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame just 30 miles down the road in Knoxville, Iowa. And the highest rung of open-wheel racing in the United States is the IndyCar Series and its annual trip to the 0.875-mile short track draws a sizeable crowd of knowledgeable fans that know the drivers throughout the field in the Iowa Corn Indy 300.

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Jul 10

IndyCar drivers preview night race at Iowa (VIDEO)

On Saturday night the 2014 Verizon series will appear under the lights for the Corn Indy 300.

Although the track currently ranks as the shortest on the IndyCar circuit, the drivers are quick to point out that they do not let the small size of the oval deceive them, with stating that “as far as the sensation of speed, it’s probably the highest one we go to.”

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Jun 8

From Red Flag At Indy To Green-White-Checkered Finish At Texas

Ed Carpenter leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

brought up the idea of how cool he thought green-white-checkered finishes could be for only moments after his third-place finish at Motor Speedway.

“No way,” quickly responded. “Not in IndyCar.”

Except that is exactly what had just happened Saturday night after a late caution led to a restart with two laps left at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track.

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Jun 7

IndyCar: Carpenter Holds On To Win Firestone 600 At Texas Motor Speedway

Ed Carpenter takes the checkered flags at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

takes the checkered flags at Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

owner Ed Carpenter now drives his car only on ovals. He does it well.

Carpenter stayed in front of during a two-lap shootout to win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night after a late caution night wiped out his huge lead. The victory came two weeks after a late accident took away any chance to win the Indianapolis 500.

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Jun 7

IndyCar Preview: Saturday Showdown Under The Texas Lights

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night's Texas race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night’s race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

It used to be easy to pick a favorite for an race because the power teams such as Team Penske, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport.

It’s getting increasingly difficult to forecast a favorite, however, because the depth of the Verizon IndyCar Series field has increased and a new aerodynamic package along with Firestone tires that quickly degrade over the course of a fuel run has made Saturday night’s Firestone 600 a race of comers and goers.

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