Andretti snaps lengthy winless drought in Iowa|
Newton, IA (Sports Network) - Marco Andretti claimed his first win in the IZOD
IndyCar Series in nearly five years after taking Saturday night's Iowa Corn
Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway.
Andretti wrestled the lead away from his former teammate and defending Iowa
race winner Tony Kanaan with 18 laps remaining. Kanaan attempted to reclaim
the top position, but Andretti held him off at the finish by 0.8 seconds for
his second career IndyCar win but his first since August 2006 at the Infineon
Raceway road course in Northern California.
"We're down a little bit on the bigger ovals, but we know when it comes down
to handling, we'll be alright," said Andretti, who started 17th. "These guys
did a great job in the pits, and they got me the lead back. We had some good
racing with T.K. [Kanaan], and it was fun tonight."
Dario Franchitti dominated most of the race at the 0.875-mile oval by leading
172 of 250 laps. But Andretti and Kanaan took over in the final 70 laps, as
the two swapped the lead several times.
"It was a great battle and a fun race," Kanaan said. "It was crazy at the end.
I loved it."
Kanaan drove for team owner Michael Andretti [Marco's father] when he won at
Iowa last year.
Scott Dixon rebounded from his IndyCar career-worst starting position of 23rd
to finish third.
"We didn't have the best car out there, but it was a tough race with lots of
traffic," Dixon said. "We made some changes and got to work on the car, which
was really loose. It feels like a win coming from 23rd to third."
Rookie J.R. Hildebrand took the fourth spot, while Franchitti wound up
finishing fifth. Franchitti now holds a 20-point lead over Will Power, who was
involved in a crash in the early going and ended up finishing 21st.
On lap 90, Power got loose and backed it hard into the outside wall. The Team
Penske driver suffered a minor concussion. Shortly before his accident, Power
made contact with Charlie Kimball on pit road during the first round of stops.
His car sustained damage to its front nose and therefore affected the handling
"It was definitely a hard hit," Power said. "The car was damaged after the
incident in the pits, and we just had a problem with the steering, and it came
around on me. It's a tough result for us tonight. We'll do our best to get it
back next race."
Power will have to undergo a series of medical evaluations before he can be
cleared to drive in the next IndyCar race on July 10 in Toronto.
Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves finished sixth and
seventh, respectively, while Ryan Hunter-Reay, rookie James Hinchcliffe and
Danica Patrick completed the top-10.
06/26 00:49:37 ET