Story Credit: Jared DePouw
For the second Verizon IndyCar series race in a row, I have been fortunate enough to add another track to my attendance list and once again I’ve been blown away by the hospitality & overall friendliness of everyone here at Iowa Speedway. For a track with only four race weekends a year and a total of fourteen full-time employees, the staff and volunteers at Iowa Speedway sure do it right.
For those that don’t know me, I almost always tent camp at whatever track I’m attending. Besides being the cheapest lodging option, it’s also the best way to get the full race weekend experience. Being able to interact with race fans from all over the world and make new friends is one of the best parts of attending Verizon IndyCar Series races. This weekend I was fortunate enough to camp next to a couple from Indiana and a grandfather/grandson from Missouri. The couple from Indiana was on their first “adult vacation” and first IndyCar race as a couple. The grandfather from Missouri has been a lifelong NASCAR fan, and this was his first ever IndyCar race. Given that Iowa Speedway only has four race weekends a year, everyone that lives anywhere close to Newton, IA should buy a season pass because this track knows how to take care of their season ticket holders.
As for the race itself, rain in the morning made for some frantic series officials but thanks to the amazing track drying crew the only casualty of the rain was qualifying for Indy Lights. Within the first few laps of the Verizon IndyCar Series race it was evident that Josef Newgarden’s car was in a whole different league, so it then became a matter of watching all the action back in the field. With varying tire strategies, there was a lot of action in the back with cars coming and going over the lifespan of the tires. All in all it was a great weekend, and the large turnout on Saturday & Sunday shows that when the open wheels come to town you better be there…