After spending the last round navigating Road America’s twists and turns, the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to the Midwest as the championship returns to the 0.894-mile oval Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300.

Iowa Speedway started hosting the IndyCar Series in 2007, with Ryan Hunter-Reay scoring the most victories at the track with seven.  The track in Newton, Iowa sits in Iowa’s Corn Belt region which dominates the country in corn production.  Each year the series comes to Iowa to showcase their ongoing relationship with ethanol fuel, which is created using corn.

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Last year, Helio Castroneves ended his win-less drought claiming his 30th IndyCar Series victory.  However, Castroneves is no longer competing full time in the series, meaning a repeat winner is not possible.  However drivers like Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and Josef Newgarden are all past winners and competing this weekend.

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With three wins, three poles and the previous race winner, Josef Newgarden comes into Iowa with the most momentum and the most to gain.  Sitting fourth in the standings so far this season, Newgarden looks to continue his run at the front as he looks to gain ground on championship leader Scott Dixon, second place Ryan Hunter-Reay and third place Alexander Rossi.

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Stay tuned to the Game Changer Sports Network for updates throughout the weekend!

Images courtesy of Autoweek, Iowa Speedway and NBC Sports

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