Following Dario Franchitti’s victory and Will Power’s damage-limitation performance in Milwaukee last weekend, the season is predicted to enter a topsy-turvy period, if form is anything to go by. This weekend sees the IZOD Indycar Series come to the Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 250. Our IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon looks at the action this weekend…
An interesting variable in this weekend’s race is the shift from racing on a Sunday afternoon to a Saturday night race. With no prior history under lights, this should add to the build-up for the race.
Both of the series points leaders, Franchitti and Will Power, are the reigning trophy- holders in their respective circuit-specific oval and road course mini-championships.
With Iowa being the last oval until New Hampshire in August, and the second last oval before Kentucky in October, Power will see Iowa as a huge opportunity to stake a claim over Franchitti heading into a long stretch of races on his specialist type of circuit – road and street courses. Dario is always strong at Iowa though, having won two of the first three events here.
Over the last three oval rounds at Indianapolis, Texas and Milwaukee, Franchitti has taken a combined total of 117 championship points, whereas Power, from the same three events, has tallied 103. By many standards, Power has taken a huge leap forward in his oval prowess, and soon the attention will move to Franchitti to see if he is able to match Power’s superiority on the upcoming road courses.
But this series is far from a two-horse race. The remaining Ganassi and Penske cars can never be discounted from victory calculations, while KV Racing and Newman Haas are showing plenty of speed and fighting it out for third-best of the rest. Defending Iowa race winner Tony Kanaan will be in the hunt for the win this weekend, while James Hinchcliffe and Oriol Servia are touching distance away from Newman Haas’ first victory since Detroit 2008. All of these factors should make for a cracking race this weekend – one that cannot be missed.
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