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2013 Iowa: IndyCar Starting Line-up (Grid) & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 23, 2013 - 07:38 AM
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2013 Iowa: IndyCar Starting Line-up (Grid) & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The IndyCar series has been coming to Iowa for the Corn Indy 250 since 2007. The track is a .875 mile tri-oval built in Newton, Iowa with 12-14 degree banking in the turns and 10 degree banking on the frontstretch. The backstretch has just four degree banking. If the grandstands are full, nearly 30,000 people will enjoy the festivities

In the six previous races, Dario Franchitti has won the race twice - 2007 & 2009. The late Dan Wheldon won the 2008 edition, Tony Kanaan won the 2010 version from 15th place, Marco Andretti won in 2011, with Ryan Hunter-Reay taking the last visit.

No IndyCar driver has finished in the top five in all six years. And only two drivers have finished in the top-five four times out of six at Iowa: Marco Andretti, and Scott Dixon.

Iowa is not a predictable event except for one thing....

Yellows.

Maybe more specifically crashes.

In 2007 & 2012, there were seven cars taken out by accidents, four in 2008 & 2010, and six in 2009 & 2011. This stat alone has kept the top of the order shaken up.

And here's the bad news for Will Power and James Hinchcliffe... No front row starter has ever won at Iowa. Helio Castroneves might take that as good news since he took Pole, but will take a 10-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled engine change.

Oh, and one more thing... In 2013, seven different drivers have won nine different races.

So who is going to be our pick today with so many non-trends ?

Helio Castroneves. He was the king of the corn yesterday in qualifying, and ought to be able to work his way up during the race.

But keep an eye on the rest of the field... a bit of yellow will happen, and another new winner might step up.

Enjoy the race! it is sure to be another thriller.

 

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The following drivers will take 10-place grid penalties: Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato, James Jakes, Ana Beatriz and Josef Newgarden.

NEWTON, Iowa - Qualifying Saturday for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 0.894 mile(s) Iowa Speedway, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, heat race and heat race rank in parentheses:

1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (1)

2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (2)

3. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (3)

4. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (4)

5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (5)

6. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (6)

7. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (7)

8. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (8)

9. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (9)

10. (4) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 3 (10)

11. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (3)

12. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (3)

13. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (4)

14. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (4)

15. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (5)

16. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (5)

17. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (6)

18. (18) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (6)

19. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (7)

20. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (7)

21. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (8)

22. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (8)

23. (78) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, Qualifications - Heat Race 2 (9)

24. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, Qualifications - Heat Race 1 (9)

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