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.Ed Carpenter, IndyCar, Iowa, Tony Kanaan
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 Tony Kanaan stating that “as far as the sensation of speed, it’s probably the highest one we go to.”Ed Carpenter, IndyCar, Iowa Speedway, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Video
“No way,” Will Power 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.Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Indy 500, IndyCar, Juan Pablo Montoya, Texas, Will Power
IndyCar owner Ed Carpenter now drives his car only on ovals. He does it well.
Carpenter stayed in front of Will Power 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.Ed Carpenter, IndyCar, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Texas, Will Power
It used to be easy to pick a favorite for an IndyCar 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.Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, IndyCar, Josef Newgarden, Texas, Tony Kanaan, Will Power