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IndyCar Series 2014

Round 12: Iowa

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Iowa
U.S.A.
July 12, 2014

Honda Finishes 1-2 at Iowa Speedway

Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first three-time winner of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, when his Andretti Autosport team made a bold call to give up track position and make a pit stop for fresh tires during a late-race caution period.


Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)zoom
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)zoom
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

Running in 10th place when the green flag waved with just nine laps remaining around the tight, eight-tenths of a mile oval, Hunter-Reay rocketed through the field, passing multiple cars, and overtook race leader Tony Kanaan as the pair took the white flag for the penultimate lap. The victory was Hunter-Reay’s third of the season, following wins at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Indianapolis 500.

With his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team making the same late-race call, Josef Newgarden emerged from the pits even further back – 12th – but put on an equally impressive charge to also work his way past Kanaan on the final lap. His second-place finish is his best of 2014, and equals his career-best IndyCar Series result.

The Verizon IndyCar Series summer run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the third and final “doubleheader” race weekend of 2014, the July 19-20 Honda Indy Toronto, on the downtown Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ont.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)zoom
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) Iowa race winner, first three-time race winner in 2014:
“What a crazy night; it was unreal. We up picked some spots early in the race, but it was really frustrating at times, as we seemed unable to move up from seventh or eighth. At the end, [team owner] Michael Andretti made a bold move, calling for fresh tires. That was so much fun, to be on new tires while everyone else was on old ones. I was passing cars right and left. It was blur, picking a line and just slicing through them. Tony [Kanaan] was tough, though, even on old tires. It made for a good show. We definitely stole one tonight.”
Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) started 21st, finished 2nd:
“It's nice to get a result, finally. Maybe it was a little unorthodox, but sometimes you've got to make the calls that will put you in that position. It was like a video game at the end, and I knew it was going to be really interesting. It was just a question of finding a clear lane [to move forward]. It was crazy how effective new tires were compared to 30-35 lap-old tires. They were so much faster, it was almost easy. We probably got more than we deserved tonight, and sometimes you have to take that. I'm happy for our group. Hopefully we can build some momentum from this."
Marc Sours (Senior Manager, Chief Engineer, Commercial Division) on tonight’s 1-2 finish for Honda:
“Tonight’s race just goes to show that in racing, just as in life, perseverance is a useful characteristic. Until the final 10 laps, when different tire strategies came into play, it appeared to be difficult to pass in the race, and for a lot of the race, the running order was not too different from qualifying. It took a calculated risk by a few of our teams right at the end to make the difference. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Andretti Autosport organization and to Josef Newgarden and the Sarah Fisher Hartman team on making the right calls, and never giving up.”
IndyCar Series
Round 12: Iowa
Rank Driver (Team)
1Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
2Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
3Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
4Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
5Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)
6James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
7Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
8Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
9Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)
10Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)
11Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
12Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)
13Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
15Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)
18Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
20Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)
21Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
22Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

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