Team Penske - Iowa 300 2019

Team Penske looks to continue success at Iowa

by The Earl of Indy, Robert Earl |

Considering that Team Penske has won 54.5% of the races held this season on the NTT IndyCar Series, it is no wonder that the entire team is confident heading into Saturday night’s Iowa 300 race.

IndyCar Racing is maybe the most competitive series in the country and as we go further in the Championship battle and we know every point counts. Heading into Iowa this weekend, we are keeping that at the forefront of out minds as we try to expand our Championship points lead and compete for a shot at the title.

Iowa is a track I’ve had some success at, so the team and myself are feeling pretty positive.

Iowa is so unique for us because it’s a short tract, so we definitely will approach it a different way than we would another oval or a street of road course.

We know we’ll have a strong Hitachi Chevy this weekend.

Josef Newgarden
Team Penske Iowa 300 Lineup - 2019

Josef Newgarden has every reason to be confident. He leads in the NTT IndyCar Series over Alexander Rossi by a slim four points, but his success at Iowa has been fantastic.

Josef has five Top 10 Finishes at the track in seven career starts, including a victory in 2016. Will Power has also been fast at the track with four career poles, including the 2018 race. This year will see if that speed can last for the 300 laps of the event.

Some Thoughts from the Earl:

Iowa provides an excellent opportunity for Josef to add to his points lead over Alexander Rossi. In the past three years, Rossi has finished 5th, 12th, and 17th. He has shown improvement every year, but not the track record that Newgarden has. With a course like Mid-Ohio coming up that suites Rossi’s strengths, Newgarden has a fantastic opportunity to build his lead in Iowa.

For the first time on a short oval, drivers will receive a turbo boost equivalent to about 50 horsepower, which will put engine power on par with road and street courses. We will see if this makes a difference in the racing that was entertaining in 2018.

2019 Driver points – Top Five through 10 of 17 races

  1. 434 ? Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske
  2. 430 ? Alexander Rossi, No. 27 Andretti Autosport
  3. 395 ? Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Team Penske
  4. 348 ? Scott Dixon, No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing
  5. 306 ? Will Power, No. 12 Team Penske