Luther Automotive Group To Sponsor Rahal at Iowa, 5th Different Sponsor For 2018 Season For The Team

It wouldn’t be a normal week if Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing didn’t bring in a new sponsorship opportunity to the Verizon IndyCar Series. The team has already announced four previous sponsorship deals for the 2018 season, and now has secured a fifth. RLL announced today that Luther Automotive Group, the largest new and used dealership group in the Midwest, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal at Iowa Speedway on July 8. Luther Automotive Group will also be an associate sponsor for Rahal’s…

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Iowa Announces 2018 Schedule, IndyCar Back In Same Weekend As The Last 2 Years

INDIANAPOLIS – Two years ago, the Iowa Speedway, Verizon IndyCar Series and the TV networks decided to move the race from a Saturday night show to a Sunday afternoon start. The 2018 race will remain the same way. Iowa Speedway announced their 2018 racing schedule on Wednesday and the Iowa Corn 300 will remain on the same weekend as before with the race taking part on Sunday, July 8. For the third consecutive year, Wide Opening Weekend will feature both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.…

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Servia, Montoya Test Different Downforce Levels at Iowa, Both Agree Upon The Same Levels, Say Racing Will Greatly Improve

For the third time, both Verizon IndyCar Series test drivers were extremely thrilled with the new 2018 car concept after taking the Honda and Chevrolet powered cars to the Iowa Speedway on Thursday. Oriol Servia (Honda) and Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevrolet) ran laps on the 7/8-mile track today in the new Dallara kit’s configuration that will be used on short ovals, road courses and street circuits next season. The test followed successful outings at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25 (in the superspeedway configuration) and Aug. 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports…

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Preece Bets on Himself, Wins XFINITY Series Race at Iowa

Ryan Preece had a full-time ride locked up if he wanted it for this year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series season. But, he could also take that money from an underfunded ride and take it to a top team for a limited effort as well. Preece did just that. He bet on himself, wanting to show his talent in two starts with a top ride rather than waste another season with a 20th place car and become an after thought. But, he also could have bad luck in his two starts with…

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Rare NASCAR Schedule This Weekend, Cup Qualifying on Same Day as The Race, XFINITY Standalone Event in Iowa

This weekend will be rare territory for all three NASCAR divisions. First off, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be a standalone event again this weekend at the Iowa Speedway. With that being said, with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams being at the Pocono Raceway and their schedules at that venue, the XFINITY Series race will truly be a standalone event. There’s no one doing the trip from Iowa to Pocono and so forth. 

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Dakoda Armstrong Looking For Another Solid Iowa Finish on Saturday

The last time the NASCAR XFINITY Series had a race without the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars in the field was just last month at the Iowa Speedway. Well, the series returns to the 7/8-mile short track without the Cup drivers stealing the show again this weekend for the US Cellular 250 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN). With that being said, this is great news for Dakoda Armstrong. The XFINITY Series regular finished fifth at the Newton track last month and was fifth in this very race a year ago too.…

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Much Needed Podiums at Iowa For Hildebrand, Hunter-Reay

It’s no secret, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season for each JR Hildebrand and Ryan Hunter-Reay have been frustrating to say the least. Hildebrand, saw eight of his first nine starts this season see him finish outside the top 10. He also missed a start at Barber due to a broken wrist suffered in a last lap incident at Long Beach. So, to be heading to Iowa this weekend, a track where the very car he’s driving led 283 of the 300 laps en route to a dominating victory a…

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Helio Castroneves Dominates Iowa Corn 300, Ends 3 Year Winless Streak

Helio Castroneves has heard the noise. The rumors are out there that he’s going to lose his Verizon IndyCar Series ride at the end of the 2017 season. His chances of winning his first series crown hinders on this year’s campaign. The only shot in a car past this season is on the sports car side and an Indy only seat. That’s why what he accomplished in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 was a statement. 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay Frustrated By the Lack Of Speed at Iowa

Ryan Hunter-Reay has had a frustrating Verizon IndyCar Series season thus far. In 10 races, he’s finished outside the top 10 in eight of them. It’s not like he’s been dismal either as an engine failure robbed him of potential top five finishes at Long Beach and Indy. Instead, he came home 17th and 27th respectively. At Phoenix, he also had an engine issue and finished 13th. But, he’s had five straight finishes outside the top 10 and eight in the last nine events which has put him 15th in the…

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