By: Spencer Neff
July 20, 2019 | 11:45 AM
This evening marks the first of two short ovals on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule in 2019 as the Iowa 300 rolls along. Located in Newton, Iowa, the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway will host its 13th IndyCar race.
Before Round 12 of the 17-race schedule, here’s all the latest info on tonight’s race.
Drivers to Watch
So far this weekend, it has been Team Penske leading the way. Yesterday morning, points leader Josef Newgarden kicked off his quest for a second Iowa win by leading the morning practice. In qualifying, it was the 2016 winner’s teammate who shined for the second consecutive week.
After a two-lap average of 180.073 mph, Pagenaud earned the NTT P1 for the second straight race, and his third of 2019.
In his two previous pole positions this season (Indianapolis 500 and Toronto), the 2016 series champion has gone on to win the race. With Newgarden in third and fellow Team Penske driver Will Power joining him on the front row, Pagenaud will have competition early on during the race.
In the Honda camp, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato leads the way. Today, Sato will start fourth on the grid. During final practice, the 2011 Iowa Speedway pole winner turned in a session-high 128 laps.
In fifth, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe looks to make it back-to-back wins at Iowa and tie Ryan Hunter-Reay with three wins in the Hawkeye State.
Rolling off the grid 21st, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais will make his 200th career IndyCar start. When the green flag flies, Bourdais will pass Raul Boesel for 24th on the all-time list. At Pocono on August 18, Bourdais can tie Rick Mears with 202 career starts.
With concerns about weather conditions being paramount (changing track conditions, excess heat, and possible rain later on this evening), the Iowa 300 is shaping up to be an exciting race.
Race Day Info
Tonight’s race broadcast will begin with the pre-race show on NBCSN at 6:30 PM, with the green flag scheduled for 7:10 PM.
Additionally, listen to all 300 laps of the action on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. To listen to the radio network – and view timing and scoring – check out RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
During the on-track action, join us on Twitter as well. We will be online during the day with insight on all the latest developments.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.