Ryan Hunter-Reay Rallies to Win in Iowa Corn Indy 300

Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his win in Iowa. Photo by Chris Jones.
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his win in Iowa. Photo by Chris Jones.

IndyCar visited Iowa Speedway on Sunday for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 and it saw multiple crashes and a thrilling ending. The race was started thirty minutes before the scheduled time, but unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans when forty laps in, the race was red flagged for rain for nearly half an hour. Tony Kanaan had been leading the race up until the red flag, but lost it during pit stops after the red flag period. However, soon after the restart, Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato collided with each other in turn four after Aleshin spun and collected Sato.

Kanaan took the lead again after the restart and held it for much of the race. His lead, at best, was nearly two and a half seconds over Helio Castroneves. However, that lead shrunk when, on lap 161, third place runner Sebastian Saavedra made contact with the wall in turn 4. After the restart, Kanaan was eventually able to re-open his lead on the new second place runner Ed Carpenter to almost four seconds.

Kanaan’s lead shrunk yet again when smoke came out of the back of Marco Andretti’s car on lap 231, causing another caution. After the restart, Dixon and Kanaan passed each other back and forth until another yellow on lap 282, when Juan Pablo Montoya hit the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4 after contact with Ed Carpenter. The race restarted on lap 292 and remained green until the end of the race. Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to make a late race charge to the front, passing Dixon within five laps to go and then Kanaan with two laps remaining. Hunter-Reay went on to win the race, with Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, and Ed Carpenter rounding out the top five.


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