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IZOD IndyCar Series - Iowa Corn Indy 250 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 23
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
TRACK: 0.875-mile oval
CAPACITY: 30,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 7th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, June 22/4 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Marco Andretti
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (finished 25)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 218.75
QUALIFYING RECORD: Scott Dixon, 2007 (182.360 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dan Wheldon, 2008 (136.007 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ryan Hunter-Reay76Helio Castroneves2
2Marco Andretti37Rubens Barrichello11
3Tony Kanaan198Ed Carpenter21
4Scott Dixon89Graham Rahal20
5Simon Pagenaud2510Justin Wilson13
2012 Iowa Corn Indy 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.371 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 43 mins. 39.3031 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 63 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Winner of Heat Race 3)
FASTEST LAP: Ed Carpenter, 181.479 mph, Lap 213
Past Iowa Corn Indy 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Ryan Hunter-Reay (7) -- Dallara-Honda -- 129.371 mph
2011 -- Marco Andretti (17) -- Dallara-Honda -- 118.671 mph
2010 -- Tony Kanaan (15) -- Dallara-Honda -- 131.205 mph
2009 -- Dario Franchitti (4) -- Dallara-Honda -- 134.371 mph
2008 -- Dan Wheldon (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 136.007 mph
2007 -- Dario Franchitti (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 123.896 mph
Past Iowa Corn Indy 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Dario Franchitti -- 25
2011 -- Takuma Sato -- 19
2010 -- Will Power -- 5
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Scott Dixon -- 10
Last Race Results
RACE: Milwaukee IndyFest
SITE: The Milwaukee Mile -- West Allis, Wis.
MILES: 250
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Helio Castroneves
THIRD: Will Power
FOURTH: E.J. Viso
FIFTH: James Hinchcliffe
POLE WINNER: Marco Andretti (finished 20)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 51 mins., 15.2962 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.8059 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.848 mph
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Marco Andretti 1-61; Ryan Hunter-Reay 62-66; Will Power 67-68;
Takuma Sato 69-90; Justin Wilson 91; E.J. Viso 92-99; Sato
100-156; Hunter-Reay 157-163; Viso 164-165; Power 166-167; Sato
168-197; Hunter-Reay 198-250.
Iowa Corn Indy 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)DHL/Andretti Autosport
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Hitachi/Team Penske
4Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh,Scotland)Clorox/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)Sunoco/KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16James Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing
18Ana Beatriz (Sao Paul, Brazil)Dale Coyne Racing
19Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
55Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France)Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.)Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada)Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last six years)
Driver200720082009201020112012
Ryan Hunter-Reay---81988Won
Marco Andretti231215Won2
Tony Kanaan161814Won23
Scott Dixon1045634
Simon Pagenaud---------------5
Helio Castroneves8147276
Takuma Sato---------192012
James Hinchcliffe------------917
Will Power---9---52123
Dario FranchittiWon---Won18525
 
Mover of the Week
Helio Castroneves - started 17 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Marco Andretti
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ryan Hunter-Reay) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway is the 10th race on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

Built in 2006, Iowa Speedway has progressive banking from 12-14 degrees in all of its turns. There are 10 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,075 feet, and the backstretch measures 869 feet.

This will be the seventh time IndyCar has competed at Iowa Speedway. Past winners entered in this race are: Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), Marco Andretti (2011), Tony Kanaan (2010) and Dario Franchitti (2007 and '09).

Andretti Autosport has won four of the six races at Iowa, including the last three (Kanaan 2010, Andretti 2011 and Hunter-Reay 2012). Chip Ganassi Racing has two wins (Dan Wheldon 2008 and Franchitti 2009). Franchitti's victory in 2007 came with Andretti Green Racing. Team Penske has never won at Iowa Speedway, but Penske has claimed two poles at this track, most recently with Will Power in 2010.

No driver has won an IndyCar race from the pole at Iowa.

Four drivers have competed in all six races at Iowa - Andretti, Castroneves, Dixon and Kanaan.

Franchitti and Hunter-Reay are those drivers who won at Iowa and went on to capture the IndyCar championship in the same season. Franchitti did it twice (2007 and '09), and Hunter-Reay accomplished the feat last year.

For the second year in a row, heat races will determine the starting field for the 250-lap event at Iowa.

The field will be decided through three 50-lap heat races, held on Saturday evening. The lineups for each of the heat races will be set by single-car, single-lap qualifying.

Race 1 will consist of the even-numbered positions, starting with position 8 from single-car qualifying. The results of Race 1 shall determine the even- numbered positions in the starting field, starting with position 12. The top-two finishers will transfer to Race 3 and start in positions 8 and 10.

Race 2 will consist of the odd-numbered positions, starting with position 7 from single-car qualifying. The results of Race 2 shall determine the odd- numbered positions in the starting field, starting with position 11. The top- two finishers will transfer to Race 3 and start in positions 7 and 9.

Race 3 will consist of positions 1 through 6 from single-car qualifying, plus the first-and-second-place finishers from Races 1 and 2. The finishing order will determine the top-10 starting positions. The winner of Race 3 earns the pole.

The next IndyCar race is the inaugural running of the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 7.

06/18 18:14:50 ET

As of June 18, 2013, at 06:15 PM ET

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