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 Post subject: Indy Car - Iowa Corn 300
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:32 am 
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It only took 5 races for James Hinchcliffe to erase his heartbreak after not qualifying for the Indy 500 1 month ago. And it took 1 yellow and costly mistakes from Josef Newgarden, Takuma Sato and teammate Robert Wickens to earn his 1st win since the 2016 Long Beach GP. The 2nd lucky soul belongs to Spencer Pigot who stayed out on the final yellow earning his maiden podium finish with a 2nd place. Takuma Sato finished 3rd. Newgarden and Wickens sealed the top 5 and the final 2 cars on the lead lap.

Right from the outset, polesitter Will Power would lead the 1st 24 laps of the contest. It only took 13 laps to hit slower traffic before Josef Newgarden took over the race lead. It was green all the way until lap 139 where Zach Veach brushed the wall damaging his suspension. Newgarden would lead on the restart once again. Right before Takuma Sato took the lead right after Newgarden's pit service. Josef would re-take the lead until James Hinchcliffe passed him in lap 256.

The turning point of the race came when Driver/owner Ed Carpenter would slide in turn 2. But Sato would brushed him keeping him away from the wall. Assuming that Newgarden, Sato, and Wickens were awaiting for the extra time, track officials have decided to end the race.

Rounding up the top 10 would be Power, Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Carpenter. And after the race, Scott Dixon retains his points lead over Newgarden despite finishing 12th. But only 33 points separating them (411-378). Rossi stays in tabs with Newgarden in 3rd, Ryan Hunter-Reay holds for 4th after an electrical issue ended his race. Power completes the top 5. Wickens, Rahal, Hinchcliffe, Pagenaud and Sebastian Bourdais round up the top 10 in the point standings as they head out North of the Great Lakes for the next round in Toronto. ... arly-recap

PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:41 pm 
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Fantastic race, just great stuff. A bit of a screw up at the end with confusion regarding the restart, Wickens and Newgarden paid a heavy price for it.

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