IndyCar Series 2013
Winner of one of three IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying heat races on Saturday, Graham Rahal took his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara-Honda to the front of the field Sunday at Iowa Speedway, challenging repeatedly and briefly leading the Iowa Corn Indy 250, before fading slightly in the final laps to a fifth-place finish.
Starting sixth in today’s 250-lap feature, it was apparent by mid-race that Rahal had a good-handling car for the tight confines of Iowa Speedway, as he was able to consistently run a high line, yet pass either high or low as needed. Simon Pagenaud, starting from eighth in the Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda, also had a strong car, and the pair battled for position several times during the first 100 laps.
After the second round of pit stops on Lap 120, Rahal was solidly in second, running just behind eventual winner James Hinchcliffe, with Pagenaud in fourth and Honda-powered Scott Dixon, fifth. Rahal and Marco Andretti fought for second place through the third and final round of pit stops. But in the final 10 laps, the handling of Rahal’s Dallara appeared to deteriorate, leading to an eventual fifth-place finish.
Pagenaud frequently ran as high as fourth, and remained in the lead group for the duration of the contest, but lost two postions in the final laps to Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter, who pitted off-sequence earlier to have fresher tires for the final laps. Honda-powered Justin Wilson used the same strategy to lead five laps before finishing 11th. Dixon was another driver to run in the lead group, reaching fifth place on Lap 140 before fading with mechanical problems on his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Honda Fastest Seat in Sports winner Kristy Cowart from Austin, Texas, led the field prior to the green flag in the two-seat Honda IndyCar driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk. For more information on how you can receive the ride of a lifetime in the Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com.
After a long run of five consecutive race weekends, the IZOD IndyCar Series now takes a week off before resuming with the second leg of the 2013 oval “Triple Crown” races, the Pocono Indy 400 Presented by Sunoco, July 7 at Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania.
|1||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|2||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|4||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|5||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|6||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)|
|7||Oriol Servia (Panther Racing)|
|8||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|9||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport/HVM)|
|11||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|12||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|13||Tristan Vautier-R (Schmidt Peterson)|
|15||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|16||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|18||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|20||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|22||Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|23||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|24||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)|